Pint-Sized Men on Top of World

MLK, Bob Dylan, John McCain— all 5-foot-7
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 2:28 PM CDT
Tom Cruise, right, and Katie Holmes arrive at the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – The most successful Americans aren't towering over the rest of us from 6-foot-plus heights. The real elite stand at a modest 5-foot-7—not one inch taller, or shorter, writes comedian Dennis O'Toole in NPR. Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, John McCain—all short in stature but high on status. 

Blame it on a "Napoleon complex if you like," says O'Toole, "but be advised that it's an advantage. We're just small enough to keep the fire of inferiority alive inside, and that flame, my friend, burns eternal. It keeps us warm no matter how cold it gets." And might soon be warming the White House...