- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005


President Bush yesterday announced the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award.

Those to be honored at a White House ceremony Wednesday are:

• Muhammad Ali. The heavyweight-boxing champion took the title on three occasions and was a gold medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games.

• Carol Burnett. The actress and comedian debuted on Broadway in 1959 and starred for more than a decade on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

• Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. They designed the software code used to transmit data over the Internet.

• Robert Conquest. The historian is known for his work on Soviet history, politics and foreign policy. More than 35 years after its publication, his book “The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties,” remains one of the most influential studies of Soviet history.

• Aretha Franklin. The “Queen of Soul” has nearly two dozen No. 1 singles and has won numerous honors, including being the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

• Alan Greenspan. He has been chairman of the Federal Reserve for the past 18 years.

• Andy Griffith. The actor first achieved national acclaim in the 1950s for his stand-up comedy routines. He went on to star in television shows such as “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock,” and numerous Broadway productions and films.

• Paul Harvey. The radio personality’s broadcasts started airing nationally in 1951.

• Former Rep. Sonny Montgomery, Mississippi Democrat. He was a veterans’ supporter during his 30 years as a member of the House of Representatives.

• Gen. Richard B. Myers. The Air Force officer recently retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

• Jack Nicklaus. The golfer won a record 18 major tournaments as a professional and more than 70 PGA Tour events.

• Frank Robinson. The manager of the Washington Nationals, Mr. Robinson won Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National leagues. He broke the major league’s color barrier for managers, becoming the Cleveland Indians’ skipper in 1975.

• Paul Rusesabagina. The hotelier’s life was the subject of the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” which depicted his sheltering people at the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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