JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s recovery from a devastating 2011 tornado has earned it a ranking on Time magazine’s “Top 10 Comebacks” list.
The effort to rebound from an EF-5 monster storm that took 161 lives and damaged or destroyed 7,500 structures is noted as the No. 4 comeback of the year on one of the magazine’s 55 lists that are headlined “Top 10 of Everything of 2012.”
Joplin’s recovery fell under the list for “pop culture.” The No. 1 comeback on that list was the re-election of President Barack Obama, who took almost all the swing states despite criticism over economic issues and debate over his ability to fulfill his promises from the last election.
Joplin's mention came after the coup of “Good Morning America” in snatching morning-show ratings away from NBC’s “Today” show, the mainstay in ratings for 17 years. Next on the list was the effort of the San Francisco Giants in coming back from trailing the St. Louis Cardinals three games to one in the National League championship series and then went on to sweep Detroit in the World Series.
Time magazine also listed the rebirth of “boy bands,” Lauren Scruggs’ recovery from an airplane-propeller accident, the success of the James Bond movie “Skyfall” and the Summer Olympics becoming the most-watched televised event in history as other great comebacks.
Detais for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.