I remember back in school learning about all sorts of famous people - presidents, kings, explorers, inventors, military heroes - an endless list of amazing people who did amazing things.
But history books only contain what history book authors write. These larger-than-life idols were people, flesh and blood and subject to the same weaknesses and faults that befall even the most insignificant of us.
Speaking as a rather insignificant entity, I find this fact strangely comforting.
Now, what better American hero than the inventor of the light bulb, the motion picture, the phonograph. Thomas Alva Edison, American scientist!