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Friday, January 1, 2016

My 2015 Person of the Year

Another year is successfully behind us and with it another opportunity to reflect upon the people and events that made 2015 unforgetable.  In addition, I now have another opportunity to present to my half dozen blog readers the newest installment in my Person of the Year series.  This is my 4th installment (you can see previous winners for 2011, 2012 and 2013 by clicking those years).  Sadly, 2014 was left in the dust due to my lack of interest in blogging that year (my blogging has gone down dramatically but hopefully that will change). So, without further delay I present to the world the Brad Hart 2015 Person of the Year!





5.) Donald Trump
First, let me say for the record that I am NOT a Donald Trump fan.  Far from it.  With that being said, there can be little doubt that Mr. Trump has had a dramatic impact on American politics. The American electorate (especially on the right) has grown tired of "politics as usual." The traditional Washington politician is a tiresome and annoying presence that most Americans no longer trust. Trump, for better or for worse, has presented himself as an alternative to the traditional American politician.  Love him or hate him (and there is little in between when it comes to the Donald), Trump has been the biggest newsmaking figure in the 2015 American political arena.





4.) Pope Francis
What can I say...I LOVE this guy!  Pope Francis is rapidly becoming my all-time favorite Catholic Pope (he actually won one of my previous "Person of the Year installments).  The Catholic Pontiff had another big year in 2015.  Not only did he follow through on his promise to open the financial books of the the world's largest church to the world, but Francis also reformed the financial practices of the faith.  Francis has hired independent accounting agencies to oversee the church's finances.  He has dismissed a number of Catholic leaders (to include 2 Cardinals) for financial indiscretions.  He continues to enact changes to the bureaucracy of the Vatican that promote honesty and transparency. His visit to the United States was met with excitement by millions of Catholic Americans.  In short, Pope Francis continues to breathe new life into a church that was literally saturated with scandal. Catholicism is back in large part to the man at the helm.





3.) American Pharoah
This may seem like a silly pick (hey, 2015 didn't exactly have the biggest or best selection) but American Pharoah was a noteworthy figure in 2015. American Pharoah became the first race horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown of horse racing (that means he won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes). American Pharoah proved to be faster than any previous Triple Crown horse to include even the legendary Secretariat.






2.) The Return of the Jedi
There can be no debate that one of the biggest stories of 2015 was the return of Star Wars to the big screen. You don't need a Ph.D. to fully realize and appreciate the incredible cultural significance that Star Wars has had in not only the United States but most of the world. It can be easily argued that no other film franchise has had the impact that Star Wars has had over the past 40 years, and its newest installment is likely to catapult the legend of the Jedi even further into the stratosphere.  J.J. Abrams not only hit a home run in 2015 (along with the cast of the film) but he has endeared himself to millions of nerdy Star Wars geeks who have a stronger cult following to The Force than most religions.  Make no mistake, Star Wars is back!







And the winner of the 2015 Brad Hart Person of the Year Award is..................[cue the drumroll].............................................................................................................................





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1.) Pluto
Yes, yes, I realize that Pluto is not a person so stop already! It doesn't matter because in 2015, no story was bigger or more important than our furthest neighbor in the Solar System.  On July 14th of this Year, NASA's New Horizons space probe made its closest fly by of the dwarf planet, capturing scores of important pictures and data that are still being analyzed by scientists here on Earth.  This achievement is remarkable not only for the pictures taken but for the advances in science that are still breaking records.  New Horizons is, to date, the fastest man-made vehicle in history.  It has gone further in a shorter amount of time than even thought possible even 10 years ago.  Pluto itself is telling us more about the nature of our Solar System (and the Universe in general) than scientists anticipated.  This small, seemingly insignificant little dwarf planet, which sits on the outskirts of our humble little Solar System, is now on center stage. Astronomers and scientists of all molds have grown to appreciate the immense significance of not only this tiny world but of our ability to both travel to and analyze our most distant cosmic neighbor.

There you have it...the 2015 person of the year!  Thanks, 2015!  Now, R.I.P.



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