From the Publisher
updated 10/24/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/24/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Of course, all of us have different definitions of what's amazing. Asked who had the greatest impact on her life (other than the people featured in this issue), reporter Rebecca Ascher-Walsh picked family friend Linda Fairstein, chief of the New York City District Attorney's pioneering sex crimes unit. Reporter Allison Adato thinks highly of her pal, Chicago photographer Ken Rosenthal, who has taken her to places—the Miss Elkhart (Ind.) Pageant, for example—that she would never have been to on her own. And summer intern Bill Lebzelter, an Indiana University senior, chose Colion "Champ" Chaney, a former heavyweight boxer who now trains kids in Indianapolis.
Lynch selected her family's priest, the late Albert Taylor. When she was a child, he told her the only real test in life was the ability to answer the question, "Did you try?" Clearly the amazing Americans in this issue can answer that with a resounding "Yes."