He became a national icon in the 1960s....and was probably recognized as much as Lady Gaga today.
But the thing that always impressed me about Jimmy Dean is that he admitted that he grew up in poverty. If you asked him to tell a story about growing up.....he would relate the hardships and then the movement up the ladder of life.
At one point he proudly stated: "Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life." He had an appreciation of everything he accomplished....whether small or large.
You have to admire the guy.