He wanted to be a baseball player, but after attending a revival at age 16, his life changed. He has addressed crowds around the world and is unprecedented in having friendships with U.S. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. His name is Billy Graham, born NOVEMBER 7, 1918. At a news conference, March 21, 1956, President Eisenhower stated: "This is what I see in Billy Graham-A man who clearly understands that any advance in the world has got to be accompanied by a clear realization that man is, after all, a spiritual being." Introducing Billy Graham at a California rally, Ronald Reagan said: "Why is a representative of government here? To welcome with humble pride a man whose mission in life has been to remind us that in all our seeking...the answer to each problem is to be found in the simple words of Jesus of Nazareth, who urged us to love one another." Upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996, Billy Graham said: "As we face a new millennium, I believe America has gone a long way down the wrong road. We must turn around...If ever we needed God's help, it is now."