Sunday, September 13, 2009
An American Hero
Norman Ernest Borlaug was born March 25, 1914, on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, and was educated through the eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse. "I was born out of the soil of Howard County," he said. "It was that black soil of the Great Depression that led me to a career in agriculture." He started improving cereal varieties in Mexico, which led to the worldwide Green Revolution (the real one) of the sixties. Those were times of pessimism, of the "population bomb", which he alone defused. In college, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Later he received the Nobel Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal. He died today at 95 of cancer. A great American.