My first encounter with John Brown was when I was much younger. I read a book about the Harpers Ferry revolt for which I do not remember the title. What I do remember is thinking that it takes a special kind of heart to stand up and shout when no one is willing to do so. I later encountered him again when I join the Marine Corps and read about the revolt from the Marine Corps perspective (they helped stop the revolt). The two differed drastically and I was apalled, but enlighted by the military take on the revolt. The story today renewed my young vision of a great man.