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Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) is largely forgotten today but was an immensely popular U.S. president in his lifetime. After World War I, when Wilson visited Italy, observers estimated that his picture was displayed in over 90% of the homes in cities he toured. His popularity was equally robust at home, but diminished over time, as opposition to his policies increased.

Once Wilson was approached about possibly delivering a speech at an important civic occasion. The question was put forth as to how long it would take him to prepare a ten-minute speech.

"About two weeks," he estimated.

"And a one-hour speech?"

"That would take me a week," said he.

"And a two-hour speech?"

"Oh," mused the President, "if you'll let me ramble on for two hours, I'm ready now ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life."

- Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president