Maybe it is the fertile clay and sand hills that undulate throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Maybe it is the life-giving waters of the river itself whispering its secrets in the ears of both the dreamers and the practical who live in the CSRA. Whatever it is that inspires them or drives them, men and women of our two-state area, from President Woodrow Wilson to World War II hero James Dyess to legendary soul-singer James Brown, have had a profound effect on history.
While it would be presumptuous to try to create a Top 20 list of such giants, we offer (with the help of Morris Communications publications editor Don Rhodes) here a sampler of the many from the CSRA who helped determine the course of this nation and the world during the 20th Century.
-- Phil Kent, Jim Whitaker