Kwolek was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her invention of Kevlar. At the induction, she was escorted to the stage by a policeman whose Kevlar bulletproof vest had saved his life.
I don't know what you'd do on your 63rd birthday, but I certainly wouldn't climb into a barrel and pitch myself over the edge of a deadly waterfall. But that's exactly what Annie Edson Taylor did. Was she proud of herself for her act of courage? Absolutely. Would she recommend it to others? Hardly.