Let's start with some politicians (curiously politicians are the most remembered) gringos: Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, Chester Alan Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley. It could, without surveys and research, say that 99% of you reading this note who they are kept alive! Well, they all were U.S. presidents. Yes and Obama. As known in their time, so highly praised in his time. Today, their names appear in the honorable list of presidents of the most powerful nation in the world, remembered for a very low percentage, even within the group that should remember: his countrymen. And who today remembers And John Steinbeck, Pearl S. Buck, Selma Lagerlof, Gerhart Hauptemann, Verner Von Heidenstam and Sinclair Lewis? If you are a teacher of the subject in any university should be kept in mind at all, but I am sure that other mortals if they remember one, do not remember two.
All of them were Nobel laureates in literature no more than 100 years ago. Much less you will remember the names or the works of Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, Barnabas Chiaramonti, Juan Maria Mastai-Ferretti, Joaquin Pecci Joseph Sarto, Francesco della Chiesa, Giacomo della Chiesa Gianbattista, etc. (I might mention another 100 on), unless you have gone through a Catholic seminary, because all were popes in the past 500 years. What about names like Larisa Latynina, Vera Caslavska, Sawao Kato, Nikolai Andrianov (to name but a few of the glaring cases in this mode), which now only remember some sportswriters. They were all of the leading gold medal ever, in the form most admired of the Olympics: gymnastics.