Special Section: Whatever Happened To... ?

They were a portfolio of 200 young leaders, 45 or under, with distinguished records of social or civic service. During the disheartening days of Watergate, TIME chose them as evidence that "America has men and women who can assume leadership roles in the right circumstances—and given the right spirit in the country."

Some on the 1974 list have done exceptionally well, many have assumed increasingly important posts, and the lives of a few have illustrated the perils that beset those who would fill leadership roles in present-day America. "We are still anticipating our unfulfilled...

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