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GreatAmericans.Com Launches on Veterans Day

November 7, 2008

GreatAmericans.com, an online patriotism portal with a mission to inspire America with videos telling stories about Great Americans, launches on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. The Web site is a new partnership backed by Sequoia Capital, the firm that created YouTube and Google. Matt Daniels, J.D., Ph.D., created GreatAmericans.com to share the stories of positive role models, something he worked hard to find in his personal life. Growing up, Daniels attended inner city schools in Spanish Harlem, a neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in New York City.

GreatAmericans.com celebrates citizens in every area of society whose lives offer a positive example to others. As the first step in the pursuit of this vision, the Web site focuses on the men and women who serve our nation in uniform.

“There are no perfect people. But there are many ordinary people in America doing extraordinary things for the sake of others and our country,” said Daniels. “Too often, the media is a source of negative examples. GreatAmericans.com is an effort to use the power of the media- especially the Internet- to introduce our society and our young people to better examples.”

Visitors can login to GreatAmericans.com and upload videos or simply check out the Web site for segments featuring military, law enforcement, fire / rescue, NASA, Homeland Security and everyday American heroes. An interactive forum allows visitors to comment on subjects ranging from their military experience, a specific video or current affairs. GreatAmericans.com also features an online memorial to American heroes in uniform.

Daniels derived the GreatAmericans.com concept from his personal background. When he was two years old, his father abandoned his family. Daniels’ mother was thereafter the victim of a serious violent crime which left her disabled and dependent on welfare. Bereft of role models, Daniels discovered mentors outside his family who communicated ideals and aspirations that led to his success. Daniels earned a scholarship to Dartmouth College and a Public Interest Law Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He holds a doctorate in American Politics from Brandeis University.

To schedule an interview with Matt Daniels, contact Meghan Sager at 202-414-0788 or msager@susandavis.com. For more information, visit http://www.GreatAmericans.com.