30. Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. 
      –Lowell Thomas


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Photo by Dino Palomares

The voice of Lowell Thomas '16 has probably been heard by more people than any other voice in history, since his nightly radio show holds the record for the longest continuous run in broadcasting, from 1930 to 1976.  Thomas famously chronicled T.E. Lawrence’s exploits in Arabia following World War I, and in subsequent worldwide adventures, he was the first to broadcast from a ship, plane, helicopter and submarine, as well as being the first live television newscaster.  Thomas lectured extensively, produced thousands of short-subject films, and authored newspaper columns and 55 books.  He received many awards in his lifetime, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but upon receiving Princeton’s 1980 James Madison Medal, Thomas commented, “At the top of the list, I’ll put the one I have received here today.”

  • To learn more about Lowell Thomas, see Café Vivian picture #73.

  • To learn more about recipients of the James Madison Medal, see quotation #3, 5, and 31, and Café Vivian picture #70, 122, and 125.

  • To learn more about notable Princeton graduate alumni, see quotation #3, 5, 31, and 34 and Café Vivian picture #59, 70, and 131.