The death of J.R. Simplot helped Idahoans recognize the immense influence the farmer, entrepreneur and humanitarian had on the world. When he was called the most influential Idahoan in history, no one rose to express doubts nor should they.
Carole King is perhaps the only living Idahoan in the same ball park. Her album, Tapestry, was one of the top selling records of all time and the songs she wrote influenced a generation of girls and the songwriting of people like John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
I know this idea will be derided and challenged. King’s life in Idaho has been long marked by controversy. Whether she was challenging the Boise schools about her kids education, fighting the Forest Service over her road or pushing for wilderness, King has never avoided fighting for what she thought was right.