I thought long and hard about his week's topic since I first read about it, to no avail. Most unsung historical figures I could come up with were...well...sung. So I decided to go with an archteype of a person long admired and held up in high regard...a mysterious, nebulous figure still heard about today: The Renaissance Man.
In writing, the author considers character traits for their heroes, and I would imagine that most of the time, the Renaissance Man is wistfully debated, then discarded. Too perfect, and it wouldn't do to have a hero without fault or good at, well, everything. I've read those stories, where the author has given in and created a hero that is literally too good to be true.
Of course, the prototypical example of The Renaissance Man is Leonardo da Vinci, with his lasting and profound impact in the fields of art and science. However, could the Renaissance Man really exist these days? To become proficient to the point of having a lasting effect in even one dicipline in modern times is rare, much less being well-rounded. One example whom consider to fit the definition is Howard Hughes, and we all know how well he was able to cope with his tangents.
I love the Dos Equis campaign with The Most Interesting Man In The World, a caricature of our Renaissance Man. So from either fiction or reality, in modern times, who are some Renaissance Men these days? Or can he even exist?