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The Most Important People of 2008

new_year Michael Bailey recently wrote a post about an e-mail you may have received before. It was very timely and got us thinking about events of 2008. Let’s test your memory …



Who won the World Series? We know it was NOT the Chicago Cubs. Will that ever happen? The Philadelphia Phillies won it this year. Maybe baseball’s not your thing, so let’s try this one …

Who won the Super Bowl last year? The New York Giants.

What movie won the Oscar for best film?    No Country for Old Men


georgeI have to admit that I haven’t seen this movie. On the other hand, I don’t have a country either!



You aren't an old man either…yet!


Who topped the Forbes 400 this year? Warren Buffett overtook Bill Gates to be named the richest person in the world. Of course, this was long before the recent financial turmoil. We’ll see how he rates this next year.

Who was the American Idol? You may say, “Who cares?” You may not, but millions do. It was David Cook.

So how did you do? We found it interesting that we didn’t really remember many of these events without some prodding.

The surprising list of the most important people of 2008

We had to look many of these up. For example, as soon as we realized the Giants won the Super Bowl, we could picture in our minds the pass from Eli Manning, escaping the nearby defenders, to David Tyree, who caught the ball on top of his helmet. That catch allowed the Giants to keep the drive going that ultimately lead to the winning touchdown.

As we discussed it, we realized there are people who you remember without having to really think about it. So here are a few questions for you to think about to help discover the most important people of 2008:

  • Name a friend who helped you through a difficult time in 2008.
    They deserve a toast!
  • Name a person who taught you something worthwhile in 2008.
    Roll out the red carpet for them!
  • Name someone who made you feel special in 2008.
    Give them a bigg party horn toot!
  • Name a person who you particularly enjoyed spending time with in 2008.
    Reach out and touch them – figuratively, not literally!

This list is not exhaustive. Feel free to add categories. But you get the point – in spite of the fact that there are people who accomplish bigg things, who excel in their chosen field, we often don’t remember it.

It’s the people who affect us individually that we remember. We recall those little acts of kindness, that one-to-one help, individual caring and sharing. These things may seem small and inconsequential, but they’re not because they affect us personally.

So here’s one more question: Who would put you on their list?

We do! You’re on our list of the most important people of 2008 because you take time to check in on us. We thank you so much and wish you a peaceful, prosperous, and happy New Year! Here’s to your bigg success in 2009!


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90-Year Old Finishes Career On A Super High

By Bigg Success Staff

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Can you imagine working for the same organization for sixty years?

John Johnson can!

He is (or, was) the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Giants. He announced before Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the Giants and the New England Patriots that it would be his last game.

John Johnson, at 90-years young, is going out a winner!

He’s worked for the Giants for 874 regular season games and, with Super Bowl XLII, 34 post season contests. He’s been part of the Super Bowl champion team three times!

Mr. Johnson, or “Mr. J” as he is affectionately known by the players, wanted to be a doctor. But he was coming of age during the Great Depression and couldn’t afford to go to medical school.

He found physical therapy – it let him be associated with medicine, so he could help people. That’s what was important to him.

He got a $500 loan from his supervisor at his part-time job. That covered his tuition at the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy in New York City. He lived with his aunt in Brooklyn and took the subway into school.

School ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. He attended classes in the morning and worked in an area hospital in the afternoon, applying the skills he learned in class. He remembers those days with fondness as he helped many people return to a productive life after suffering from the debilitating effects of polio.

After he finished school, Mr. J got a job at the YMCA as the director of physical services. Three years later, he was drafted by the Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he heard about an opening at Manhattan College. He signed on as their head athletic trainer in 1947. The next year, he learned that the New York Giants were looking for a trainer. He joined them in 1948, working the two jobs until 2004. He retired from Manhattan College in 2004 after open-heart surgery.

He was there for 57 years, earning so much respect that they named the athletic center after him – it’s now the John “Doc” Johnson Athletic Training Center.

The players loved Mr. J because he attended to their aches and pains. He never told them “it was in their head”. As a trainer, he doesn’t diagnose their problems – that’s up to the team doctors. He administers the prescribed therapy and listens to the players to nurse them back to health.

Physical therapy today requires more education than it did back when Mr. J got started. It’s also become more specialized. However, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for physical therapy jobs is better than average.

Are you looking for a career you can love for sixty years? Find what you love to do and you’ll go out a winner, too!

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