by Tom Finkel
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said the 'ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.'
"Those words resonated last week after I interviewed...[whose name goes here?]."
Answer appears after the jump.
A. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama
B. Anheuser-Busch/InBev CEO Carlos Brito
C. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
D. Halfway house resident and ex-Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons
The correct answer is D.
A wee bit counterintuitive, you say? What's that? When you think of the teachings of the late Dr. King, "Floyd Irons" isn't the first name that pops to mind?
True, Irons was sent up the river to the federal penitentiary earlier this year for helping to mastermind a real estate scam that netted more than a million dollars.
But, as Brown points out, six months behind bars have turned Irons into:
"...a better, 'more aware' person. And his passion now is stemming the 'wasted, young human energy' that flows into prison. Being incarcerated, Irons says, has reminded him of his purpose.
"'I got sidetracked from what I do best: work with kids. But God is not through with me yet. Bottom line, I'm an educator -- always will be. I'm back to basics.'"
"Irons was one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Missouri history, with more than 800 wins and 10 state championships."Those are some serious educating bona fides, even if said schooling mostly took place on the basketball court.