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.

ironcowboy2 June 26, 2015

Iron Cowboy

James Lawrence is in the process of trying to achieve what is arguably one of the most incredible athletic feats ever. Have you heard of the Ironman Triathlon? 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride capped off by a marathon (26.2 miles) – all in the same day. James is in the midst of 50/50/50. 50 Ironmen events on 50 consecutive days... Read More

June 26, 2015

Photo of local officer feeding baby goes viral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several police departments have been in the news lately, and not all of it has been good. But one local officer is getting world-wide attention for a positive action. A picture of Overland Park police officer Andy Black was taken at Oak Park mall and has since gone viral because of what the officer is doing in the photo. “It was... Read More
November 21, 2014

Maine logger hailed a hero after crawling into sunken car to save baby

A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said. The baby wasn’t breathing and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said. Leo Moody, 44, of Kingman, was driving home from work Monday when he... Read More
October 20, 2014

Edwin Meese III

Edwin Meese III was born Dec. 2, 1931, to Edwin Jr. and Leone Meese in Oakland, Calif. He graduated from Yale University in 1953 and holds a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley. A retired Colonel in the Army Reserve, he remains active in numerous civic and educational organizations. Edwin Meese III is a prominent leader, thinker and elder statesman in the conservative movement... Read More
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