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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

The pickings are a bit slim this morning, but I'd advise you take a look at the amazing life of Medal of Honor winner Lewis Millett; it's not the ordinary hero story you'll read elsewhere.

The man described as the power behind the oldest open-air swimming club in the world, Allan Titmuss "would brook no nonsense," the Times of London says. His death will cause him to miss the Christmas dip in the cold waters of the Hyde Park lake.

The tulip man of Oak Lawn, Ill. planted more than 1,000 bulbs of his favorite flower in the front yard, drawing visitors for years. But he never lived in the house where the tulips bloomed, even though he had gutted and rehabbed it. Perhaps, like the tulips, it was just for the beauty of the thing.

Then of course, there's Sy Syms, who drew potential shoppers into his discount stores with the slogan "an educated consumer is our best customer." Forbes debunked that in 1985, but no matter; Syms is ubiquitous on the East Coast of the U.S. and a few states further west.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 18, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
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