I think I’m going to keep using the rest of this year to reflect on this decade. We tend to remember things in eras and decades anyway. So I think it could be a good way to look back on what was.
But today I think I want to take a look at the people. The trends and the events are always interesting. But what tends to sear its way into the memories of people are, well, the people. You look at the 60s and you think of Martin, Malcolm, JFK and RFK. In the 80s, you tend to think of Michael Jackson, Madonna and so forth. So here are six people I think will be remembered as major pieces of this decade.
1. Tiger Woods. For everything you knew about him before Nov. 25, 2009. He’s arguably the greatest to ever do what he does, and he was, in a sense, trained to do it since childhood, which makes it that much more amazing considering how many child prodigies flame out. And he’s done the majority of it this decade (see: Tiger winning a major on a broken leg).
2. Katie Couric. Might be a stretch for some, but she’s the face of CBS Evening News. That sentence alone is enough considering how rare it is for a female to hold down a national nightly news anchor desk and she’s won two straight Edward R. Murrow Awards for best newscast for her efforts.
3. Beyonce. Y’all know I’m not a huge fan, but she’s undeniable because of her reach and appeal. She’s been in most of our faces since she was a teen and she’s made an unmistakable transition from lead singer of a girl’s group to superstar solo artist to a “business, man” as her husband might say. She’s become the premier player in her industry.
4. Kanye West. You probably can blame the hip hop skinny jeans movement on him. But he proved that there was room in the hip hop world for more than just the wanna-be thug. He’s actually extremely talented at what he does best — produce music — and has penned a few thought-provoking verses. Plus, he had the fortitude to tell the Dubya that he didn’t care about black people. Then again, he #kanyeshrugged Taylor Swift, too.
5. Steve Jobs. Sure, he’s been around for quite some time. But this decade? iPod. iPhone. iTunes. iThis. iThat. And oh, he was CEO of Pixar until 2006. Jobs and his minions are the innovators of our time. I’m just waiting for the app where you can shake your iPhone and it will tell you your weight. That’s when I’ll cancel my Sprint contract and buy one of Jobs’ toys.
6. President Barack Obama. Obviously.
Your additions? Thoughts?