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    Default Childhood Heroes?

    I suppose by 'childhood', I mean adolescence, as when you're a kid, heroes are generally concepts like 'an Astronaut' or 'a Fireman', as opposed to individuals. Anyway, here are mine.

    Bob Dylan: I think Dylan was the first musician I took note of in a big way, as in, I was interested in the man behind the songs. Outspoken, stylish, bohemian and witty, he was the troubadour that 13-year-old SirNapsALot wanted to be as an adult.

    Growing up in a staunchly left-wing family (I guess 'liberal' is the closest U.S. description?), I was particularly impressed by Dylan as someone who used his fame to explore important ideas. I'm a little older and more cynical now, and though I'm no longer entirely convinced by some of Bob's politics and off-stage actions, he's a genuine modern poet and has always been a necessary voice of dissent in mainstream music.

    Eric Cantona: Enigmatic captain of Manchester United, and famously strong-willed sporting personality. Again, in a profession where toeing the line and blandness were often encouraged, he broke all the rules and was cool as f*ck whilst doing so. From scoring unbelievable goals to kicking a racist opposition supporter, and quoting Rimbaud in interviews, he earnt his nickname of 'The King'.

    My Dad: An incredibly kind, caring guy whose principles I've always massively respected. Could easily have taken a soulless, high-paying corporate job with his qualifications, but worked in a less financially rewarding field because he loved to help people. Sounds a bit corny, and maybe I'm slightly biased , but his ethics were an inspiration to me growing up.

    How about fellow ADISCers? Anyone famous, or someone closer to home who was a real inspiration for you growing up?

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    I don't know if I ever really had one. I tended to pick and choose. I would read one work or hear an anecdote that would stick with me, rather than wedding myself to a whole person.

    I loved Steve Jobs for his insight and his willingness to advocate for his vision even though I think he was a tremendous asshole.

    I admired Newton and Einstein for their intellect, but never wanted to be like either of them.

    I loved the character of Spider-man and still believe in the "great power, great responsibility" saying, but I never was much for that kind of humor, myself.

    I agree with picking my Dad though. I've always admired his reliability and at times his stoicism, and I want to emulate them.

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    I definitely enjoy Bob Dylan a lot.

    I became obsessed with the Beatles immediately after listening to the Seargent Pepper album for the first time. I have read biographies of them, and listened to all of the songs many many times. I listen to other stuff too now, but the Beatles are still in steady rotation for me.

    In my childhood and adolescence I closely followed professional cycling, and saw many of those riders as role models. I admired their skill, grit, determination and endurance. Unfortunately, as I got older, I became aware of the dark side of doping in professional sports. I learned that many riders I looked up to, had used drugs for their whole career. That was pretty depressing to learn. I still love cycling, but my views of it will never be the same.

    I'm not being very creative here, but I will also say my Dad. I have always looked up to him for his kindness, idealism, intelligence, resourcefulness and work-ethic.

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    I spent two college summers talking like Bob Dylan, along with my friends. We all did, in part, to drive our parents crazy. But I love his music and his poetry. That said, I think my biggest hero was my organ teacher when I was around 11, 12 years old. He was one of the Wanamaker organists and he was incredible.

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    It's interesting to me that people are citing Dylan. I actually spent my younger (and older) years listening to Joan Baez. She and Dylan were lovers in the early 60's and she brought him to the world's attention by letting him play at her concerts. They had a major falling out in the late 60's because she believed he was profiting off of the antiwar movement without being truly committed to it.

    I'm actually on topic because Joan Baez inspired and influenced me because of her antiwar stance during the Viet Nam war. Her musical career greatly suffered because people were opposed to her views. This didn't stop her from speaking out and supporting groups like Amnesty International, in addition to founding non profit organizations committed to human rights. She was also heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement with Martin Luther King, appearing at benefit concerts and escorting young Black children to School at the beginning of desegregation.

    She was renowned around the world for having a beautiful, shimmering soprano but her commitment to peace was always her primary concern, with most of her concert sales going to charitable causes. She still performs and records today (I saw her in concert just last year) and she continues to be actively engaged politically. Beauty of voice, beauty of soul..

    Here's a link one of her best songs, 'Diamonds and Rust' which is a reflection on her relationship with Bob Dylan ten years after they split up.
    Last edited by Starrunner; 07-Dec-2014 at 13:46.

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    Do anime characters count as childhood heroes? Cause I really didn't have any human ones growing up. Buut, it was mostly Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed before they messed it up because, I wanted to be a singer just like her. But I wanted to be the first black Japanese singer. XD And then there was Kikyo from Inuyasha, I admired her so much. I wanted to be a Priestess just like her! But to me a Priestess was a kinna traveling doctor cause that's kinna what she suddenly started doing once she got ressurrected. The last person was probably Cheza from Wolf's Rain because I wanted to take care of Wolves just like she did. ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desphiria View Post
    Do anime characters count as childhood heroes?
    Totally counts. Also comic book characters, movie characters, anyone from a novel, and potentially your imaginary friend if he/she's admirable enough.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, always loved his movies and always will.

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