Top Ten DEAD STEPHENS
#1. Steve Jobs
His fingerprints cover modern global culture the way yours cover that bag of Cheetos. Ruminate on this list: Macintosh, LaserWriter, NeXT, McNifty, Pixar, iMac, iTunes, Apple Stores, the iPod, the iTunes Store, the iPhone, the App Store, and the iPad.
Quote: "If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were and throw them away."
#2. Stephen Grover Cleveland
America's greatest political reformer. He was the 22nd President of the United States (1885-1889). Since Steves do not give up, he was also the 24th President (1893-1897). He led the Bourbon Democrats and opposed high tariffs, inflation, imperialism, and subsidies to business and farmers. He was universally lauded for his honesty and his battles against political corruption. Did we mention he was a Bourbon Democrat?
Quote: (final words on his death bed in 1908) "I have tried so hard to do right."
#3. Saint Stephen
While it can be argued that all Stephens are saints, this cat was the original, the first Christian martyr. The Apostles gave Stephen the job of distributing food and aid to the poor, and in Steve-like fashion he did this with a good attitude. Then some uptight dudes stoned him to death. Then the Grateful Dead wrote a rock anthem about Saint Stephen.
Quote: "Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills,
One man gathers what another man spills.
Saint Stephen will remain, all he's lost he shall regain"
#4. Steve McQueen
The King of Cool. Nowadays people think Justins are cool. Pffft. Justins wear sunblock and eat salads. McQueen wore a squint and ate two helpings of none of your f***ing business.
Quote: "I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
#5. Steve Prefontaine
The King of Cool Athletes. At the time of his death in May 1975, Prefontaine held every American outdoor track record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters.
Quote: "A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into an exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. "
#6. Stevie Ray Vaughan
Rolling Stone named Stevie the 12th greatest guitarist of all time. Pretty good, for Rolling Stone, as they were only off by eleven.
Quote: "I was taught to think the next week or month or year will only get better than it is today. So I just keep waiting to see how great it will get!"
#7. Steve Irwin
Steve proved you could change the world and smile at the same time. David Suzuki summed it best, "Humanity will not protect that which we fear or do not understand. Steve Irwin helped us understand those things that many people thought were a nuisance at best, a horror at worst. That made him a great educator and conservationist."
Quote: "I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message."
#8. Stephen Foster
The Father of American Music. The threads he wove into the tapestry of American songs include: "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Beautiful Dreamer".
Quote: "I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee; I'm goin' to Louisiana my Susanna for to see. Oh, Susanna, Oh, don't you cry for me, For I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee."
#9. Steve Allen
Before Jimmy, Conan, Jay, Johnny and Jack, there was Steve Allen, the creator and original host of The Tonight Show on NBC. It remains the highest rated series on late night television, and is the longest running entertainment series in television history. Steve Allen is the man whom David Letterman called "his single biggest inspiration."
Quote: "Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar."
#10. Steve Fossett
The Greatest American Adventurer of All-Time. The pinnacle of Fossett's long list of accomplishments remains his non-stop solo flight around the Earth in a balloon.
Quote: "This is a Solo Flight, but I want aviation enthusiasts and adventurers everywhere to join me in the endeavour."