It takes more than high-profile CEOs to make the world go around. Here are some of the lesser known people who helped make 1996 a year to remember.

BRUCE PETERSON, chief executive officer of State Bank of Cokato, Minn., traded places with an elderly woman taken hostage during a bank robbery on Aug. 16. Mr. Peterson offered his station wagon as a getaway car, then escaped at a traffic life.

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