Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for October. October is known for beautiful autumn days, spectacular foliage and bountiful harvests. The second Monday in October is Columbus Day which "celebrates" his arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. His "discovery" of the Americas has long been controversial and more recently two additional observance days have been created. October 9th is Leif Ericson Day which commemorates his landing in Vinland (Newfoundland) nearly 500 years before Columbus. October 10th is Native Americans Day which celebrates the peoples who "discovered" the New World thousands of years before that.
For most little people, Halloween is the most important night of the month and for us adults it is a night that evokes fond memories of a simpler time in our lives. This Halloween if you are lucky enough to reconnect to that inner child, that would be quite a treat.
And now the Poll results....
A great brand often starts with a name and 27 percent of Americans say the American brand name that makes them most proud belongs to automaker Henry Ford. Next up with 24 percent is the genius that was Walt Disney. Denim maker extraordinaire Levi Strauss was next with 14 percent followed by the motorcycle icons Harley and Davidson with 13 percent and business titans the Watson family, founders of Big Blue, IBM with 12 percent.