American Success Stories

American Success stories are those of any American, natural-born or immigrant, who has excelled as an entrepreneur, made a difference in one’s community by inspiring others to excel, or in any other way made a positive impact on our country.

Harriette-Thompson June 9, 2014

Marathoner Harriette Thompson

At 91-years-old, marathoner Harriette Thompson really doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. The two-time cancer survivor finished her 15th marathon on Sunday at the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, completing the race in 7 hours and 7 minutes – a record time for a woman 90 years or older. “Oh I feel great,” she told reporters on a conference call on Monday.... Read More

February 28, 2014

Work is a Beautiful Thing: Meet Artavius

Where is this story today? Artavius is a young father and aspiring artist working at Hanna’s Candles, a Walmart supplier in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Walmart is proud to have Hanna’s Candles as a supplier and is proud to invest in products that support American jobs. Read More
October 29, 2013

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney tools around town these days in his brand new Ford pickup, equipped with an extended cab and a hitch on the back bumper to pull his granddaughter’s horse trailer. Cheney himself comes equipped with a new heart. Just three years ago, the former vice president was within hours of dying from heart failure, saved by urgent surgery to implant a left ventricular assist... Read More
January 29, 2013

Subway Hero – Wesley Autrey

Wesley Autrey, dubbed by the media as the “Subway Superman”, is a New York construction worker and Navy veteran. On January 2, 2007, Autrey was waiting for a train at the 137th Street – City College subway station in Manhattan with his two young daughters. At around 12:45 p.m., he and two women noticed a young man, Cameron Hollopeter, having a seizure. Autrey borrowed a... Read More
August 19, 2012

Team Maddy

‘Team Maddy:’ A father and severely disabled daughter compete in triathlons together A triathlon can be an arduous task for one person, but when Michigan dad Rick Van Beek competes, he doesn’t do it alone. Crossing the finish line during a Sanford, Mich., race on Saturday, he cradled his daughter in his arms. He couldn’t have imagined doing it without her. That’s because Van Beek,... Read More
July 25, 2012

Marlen Esparza

As women’s boxing makes its long-awaited debut at the Olympics, all eyes are on Marlen Esparza, America’s best hope for the gold. Rudy Silva, the head coach of Houston’s Elite Boxing Gym, was preparing a group of fighters for an upcoming tournament when he noticed, the way a bull might notice a fly buzzing around its snout, a child standing beside him. “Can I train... Read More
May 18, 2012

Daniel Hannan at CPAC 2012

If you only have three minutes, go to the end 24:30. Read More
May 1, 2012

Carrie Underwood

Instead of the usual bio posting, this says it all about one of the greatest vocalists of our generation… The National Anthem Read More
March 22, 2012

Senior Capt. Thomas William Dillion

Senior Capt. Thomas William “Bill” Dillion – A 22-year veteran of HFD, Dillion was the 64th firefighter to die in the line of duty. Several hundred firefighters and family members gathered Monday morning at the Second Baptist Church West Campus to remember the life of Dillion, 49, who died in the line of duty last week. Members of the Houston Fire Department recalled the father... Read More
February 11, 2012

Katie Collier

Katie Collier breaks scoring record, named McDonald’s All-American while fighting leukemia Just months after many questioned whether she would be able to compete during her senior season at all because of treatment for leukemia, Collier set a career school scoring record, then was named a McDonald’s All-American just two days later. Naturally, those honors would make for a good week for any student athlete. But... Read More