Firebrand Perot changed US politics

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Opinion

July 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Ross Perot’s legendary list of lifetime achievements should start with “captured the imagination.”

Brilliant in business, generous and demanding, driven, quirky and colorful, Perot was as hard to pigeonhole as a Texas tornado.

His death at age 89 leaves a broad legacy and some of the nation’s enduring one-liners born of homespun wisdom. A best-selling book and televised miniseries dramatized his adventure to rescue employees being held in Iran — using his own hired commandos, no less. But no single volume or TV show could capture the man’s full sweep.

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