As 2013 comes to a close, join us to remember some of the best guys to know of 2013. There are many notable GGTK who surfaced in 2013 including a number who just missed our list: Bill Nye, Peyton Manning, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Camp, just to name of few. But the 4 gentlemen listed below represent not just what was good about 2013, but what we hope is in store for 2014. Have a listen to our newest podcast as your favorite Good Guys to Know discuss who they think were the Best Guys to Know from 2013. Thanks for listening!
#1: Pope Francis:
Esquire voted Pope Francis the “Best Dressed Man of the Year.” Some quickly scoff at the notion that His Excellency could garner such credit. However, his choice in garb has made more significant contributions to the Catholic Church than most realize. The most notable aspect of his fashion statement is its simplicity. Commonly, you will see this pope donning a white robe and white skullcap, a distant cry from the more ornate costumes of his predecessors. He also opted out of the traditional red leather Prada shoes that were previously a staple of papal dress, and chose the simplest ring to round out his ensemble. This fashion statement has lead some to say that “this Holy Roman Emperor really does have new clothes!” http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/pope-francis-style-2013
For Christmas this year, the Pope gave presents to 2,000 immigrants living at a shelter near the Vatican. The purpose of the presents was to allow the immigrants to connect with family over the holiday season. He provided them with postage for letters, a prepaid calling card, a free metro transit card, and a signed Christmas card. Take that Santa! Additionally, he is regularly known to sneak out at night dressed as a regular priest, to serve the homeless. All of these actions have gained him the nickname “The Pope of the Poor.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/pope-francis-christmas-immigrants-_n_4473273.html
Continuing to break tradition, instead of shacking up in the papal apartment, a 12-room luxury suite on the top floor of Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis chose to live in a small studio apartment in the Vatican. Plus, instead of the glistening bulletproof Pope-mobile. Pope Francis drives a 20-year-old car with over 180,000 miles on it. All of these actions recently landed Pope Francis the title of Time’s Person of the Year.
The Pontiff also was more involved in pop culture and social media than any of his predecessors. For one, HE TWEETS! His often-poignant tweets have gained him more than 3.4 million Twitter followers. Follow him @pontifex. He also has taken the only Papal “selfie” which is quite timely considering “selfie” is the 2013 Word of the Year. As if all that weren’t enough, he was also the most talked about topic on Facebook and the most searched term on the Internet in 2013 (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20755963_20764775,00.html
#2: Elon Musk:
Reason #1: He is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Reason #2: He is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Seriously, it’s hard to argue against the powerful odor that Elon Musk left on 2013. Our most loyal listeners would be sharp to remember that we have previously done podcast main pillars on both of Mr. Musk’s remarkable companies (We also highlighted his “Hyperloop” concept in our Future Transportation podcast.) Did we mention that he also co-founded PayPal? I think instead of referring to Elon as the Best GGTK of 2013, we might just crown him the Best GGTK of ever. Let’s all pray he continues his life-altering ways in 2014!
In fact, Elon Musk may just warrant his own pillar someday. Literally every fact I read about this guy is more impressive than the last. Don’t believe me? Dabble in his Wikipedia entry (I bet you read the whole thing.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
#3: Jimmy Kimmel:
Since launching Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2003, Mr. Kimmel has methodically carved out a niche for himself in late-night TV. Moving stride-for-stride with Jimmy Fallon, Kimmel is helping to usher in the next generation of late-night talk shows. What makes him a GGTK? First, he’s funny and he has a knack for finding and creating some of the best viral videos on the Internet. In 2013 Kimmel continued his annual challenge for parents to tell their kids that they had eaten all of their Halloween candy. The uploaded videos creatively depict everything that is right and wrong with kids today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK-oQfFToVg
And then there is the “Worst twerk fail EVER” video. What Kimmel did was create a video of a girl twerking and accidently setting her pants on fire! With no promotional fanfare this video went completely viral! It currently has over 15 million views on YouTube and was featured on local news stations across the nation. Two months after it ravaged the Internet, Jimmy came clean, announcing that the video was a hoax; a prank aimed at news outlets who will show just about anything to get more viewers. Well played Jimmy, well played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSJMoH7tnvw#t=145
Warning: these videos are addicting and completely hilarious. Thank you Jimmy to your contributions to 2013!
#4: Nelson Mandela:
2013 was the year the world said ‘goodbye’ to Nelson Mandela. His life was remarkable (both good and bad) in every way. After serving more than 27 years in prison for defending his political beliefs, he was elected President of South Africa, the country’s first black president. His life work centered on overcoming apartheid and fostering racial reconciliation. One of the most influential South African men to ever live, he was their founding father of democracy; “Washington and Lincoln rolled into one.” Among his many accolades, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work for “the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa” in 1993. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President Bush in 2002. Some people quickly admonish Mandela for his socialistic (bordering on communistic) beliefs, and his relationships with some of the world’s most brutal dictators, but a complete view of his life confirms that he was a truly a GGTK.
And there you have it! The Best Guys to Know of 2013. Let us know what you think of our choices and add your own in the comments below! And Happy New Years!!!