Great men Great Achievements
This is a childhood story of Kenneth Tedford. Kenny was declared "mentally retarded" in his earlieryears. His mother, an alcoholic, died when Kenny was 8 years old. His adoptive mother loved him, buthis adoptive father was embarrassed to have him around. One day, during a class in elementary school,the teacher asked the children to draw a stick figure of what they wanted to be when they grew up.Pictures of doctors, nurses, policemen, and firemen were posted all around the room. Kenny's picturewas one with the "stick" person standing next to a podium with an American Flag in the background.When Kenny explained that he wanted to be a motivational speaker and make people feel good, theteacher responded, "But Kenny you know you can't do that, you're retarded!"Kenny's response was, "Well, you're a teacher and you're not real smart!" The teacher immediately sentKenny to the principal's office for punishment. The teacher explained the situation and left Kenny alonewith the principal. The principal got down on one knee and, looking directly into Kenny's eyes, stated,"Kenny, that teacher is a very cruel person, and I know you can be whatever you dream to be."Later, during a series of tests, Kenny was found to be legally deaf, not retarded! Kenny is now asuccessful motivational speaker, stand-up comedian and has authored several children's books!
John Wesley traveled 250,000 miles on horseback, averaging twenty miles a day for forty years;preached 4,000 sermons; wrote 400 books; and knew 10 languages. At 83, he was annoyed that hecould not write more than 15 hours a day without hurting his eyes, and at 86, he was ashamed that hecould not preach more than twice a day. He complained in his diary that there was an increasingtendency to lie in bed until 5:30 in the morning.
He failed in business in '31. He was defeated in state legislature in '32. He tried another business in '33.It failed. His fiancé died in '35. He had a nervous breakdown in '36. In '43 he ran for Congress and wasdefeated. He tried again in '48 and was defeated again. He tried running for the Senate in '55. He lost.The next year he ran for Vice President and lost. Finally in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16thpresident of the United States.
On September 14, 1970, "Doc" Counsilman set a world record as the oldest person ever to swim theEnglish Channel. Not a bad achievement for a 58-year-old!Alexander Graham Bell perfected the telephone at 58 and solved the problem of stabilizing the balancein airplanes while in his 70s.
Winston Churchill initiated his protest against Hitler as prime minister at 65. He returned to the Houseof Commons as a Member of Parliament at 80. When Churchill was interviewed on his 87th birthday, ayoung reporter commented, "Sir Winston, I hope to wish you well on your 100th birthday." Churchillquickly replied, "You might do it, you look healthy."
Franklin D Roosevelt
He was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park. He attended Harvard University and Columbia LawSchool. On St. Patrick's Day, 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt. As a Democrat, he won election to theNew York Senate in 1910. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.