Business: Eddie Rickenbacker, 1890-1973

He was America's "Ace of Aces," the most decorated pilot of World War I. He was a pioneer of U.S. commercial aviation and the last of the early flyers to run one of the nation's great airlines. But of all the legends that trailed him throughout his long lifetime, none seemed to please Eddie Rickenbacker so much as the legend of his invincibility. "I've cheated the Grim Reaper more times than anyone I know," he liked to boast. "And I'll fight like a wildcat until they nail the lid of my pine box down...

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