Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State University
During this year the United States will reach a population of 200 million persons. In materials things it is, by a wide margin, the richest nation on earth. With approximately 6 to 7 percent of the World's population it will produce at least one-third of the world's goods and services. Measured from almost any quantifiable category or criteria, it ranks first. In per capita income we are substantially above our nearest competitor. The gross national product in 1966 was $3770 per person. We could, on any afternoon, take the entire population for an automobile ride and have everyone sit in the front seat. By using the back seat also, and with not more than 5 persons per car, we could include the population of Canada, France, Great Britian and Germany. This is a feat that could not be even remotely approximated in any other nation. Of automobiles, color television sets, tele,phones, private boats, yachts, private swimming pools, gadgetry and bathtubs, we have the most.
Israelsen, Vernon L., "National Goals and Human Resources Development" (1967). USU Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 75.