Truly larger than life American heros like John Glenn are a breed that just doesn't come around anymore.
Muhammed Ali was the transcendent sports figure of the 20th century, a lightning rod for controversy who became a beloved ambassador for peace.
From World War II to today's war on terror, the comic book hero Batman evolves with the times to reflect America's fears.
What's truly terrible in America isn't that a few people have so much. It's that so many people have so little.
In the midst of so many contexts where we expect people sometimes to lie — sports, entertainment, certainly politics — it is disturbing that the one place to which we run for truth is private corporations.
Rather than try to sanitize U.S. history, Americans should explore it and realize they can admire some aspects of the greats of the past without endorsing everything for which they stood.