Not often enough do I include a woman in the Cool Guy's Club, but today I'll make an exception in order to include today's birthday girl Martha Stewart in the pantheon.
Like her fellow CGC member, Mr. Lauren, Ms. Stewart is a cultural icon who is an easy target for those unwilling to understand the commitment involved creating an empire all the while making it appear effortless, yet are willing to poke fun at her expense. Also like Ralph, she has a made a large impact on the tastes, the hopes, the dreams and aspirations of American homemakers.
In the not too distant past, emulating (or at least trying once) Martha's way was "the right way" all else was less than the best. That no one could do it like Martha was beside the point. In her prime, you either loved or loathed her. For those legions who loved her, she was the gold standard.
Happy Birthday, Martha.