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Who is your all-time Hero or Heroine?

     
2:59 pm on Jun 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I was filling out an application form earlier to an organisation and saw this question, so I thought I better ask the crew here what theirs is.

imo, it's all very well saying Bill Gates, Nelson Mandella, Richard Branson etc, however there has to be some substance behind the whole choice.

as for me, I'm still stumped ...

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I suppose Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker don't count, do they? :)

I suppose the company WANTS you to say Winston Churchill or Ghandi or some such being. Unfortunately for the company, a hero is someone different to everyone, someone who has had a profound impact on your life. So that person could be a friend, relative, gyno...whomever. Your hero will likely be someone they don't know. However, if you provide a real answer ("My brother who died fighting in ____ for our country.") and can back it up, you will probably be better off cause the answer will be genuine.

I know. I'm not much help...

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As an overall "hero", I don't like the idea and I have no-one in mind. The media consacrates a new "hero" about every two minutes, sometimes groups of people are given the title "hero" just for doing their job, or worse as a justification because they died needlessly. Sadly, the word and the concept have a tarnished reputation these days.

However, you can still admire the contribution of someone in a particular field, or appreciate the contribution that someone may have had on your life of career. For example, in the computing field, you can admire the extraordinary talent and contribution of Alan Turing. If you're talking about e-commerce, would any of it have been possible without the work by Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman?

But perhaps most of all, if you are to have a hero they should be inspirational or have had a profound impact on your life. I agree with AWildman that the person may well be someone unknown to others.

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The classic answer, regardless of how you couch the question, is:

My Father/Mother...

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Lee DeForest, inventor of the triode tube, and the REAL father of radio.

Not my only hero, of course, but an unsung one certain to intrigue.

Open-ended questions like this can be very revealing indeed... trouble is, many Human Resource types aren't creative enough to really ask the right questions (unless someone else writes them) and worse, aren't deep enough to really utilize the answers fully.

As someone who has sat on both sides of the job interview desk, I know they have to do something... both people and companies are great at painting a rosy picture during the interview, and it is an exacting game to discern subtle clues from a necessarily small sample.

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When I was a little baby in a crib (1936-1938)
my Heroine was a beautiful lady who used to play a violin next to my crib.
(which I found out much later was my oldest sister)

When I was between three and five
my hero was my oldest brother who used to carry me on his shoulders.

When I was six thru eight
my hero was the school bus driver
having grown up on a dirt farm he was the only person who made a living by not
digging in the dirt.

When I was nine to ten
my hero was my oldest brother who had just came back from fighting in World II in Europe.

When I was eleven
my heroine was my fourth grade teacher who cause me to realize for the first time in my
life (60 years ago) that I wasn't actually a stupid person.

After many years many heros and heroines was come and gone in my life
but after all this time I still pick up the phone and call my fourth grade teacher long
distance because she cause me to believe in my ability to learn.

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For me it has to be Lawrence of Arabia.

I really do belive that if the British Govt of the day had felt bound by his promises, which he had their authority to make, the middle east would be a much more peaceful place today.

A truly great man, second only to myself.

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DMOZ editors.
3:47 pm on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i thought they were extinct?
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Shak -- Might help to look closer towards home.
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>>Lee DeForest, inventor of the triode tube, and the REAL father of radio.

There was a great Ken Burns PBS thing on the history of radio that featured DeForest prominently. Very interesting stuff if you have not seen it and you are into 20th century history.

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my hero:
Dave Brubeck.

The first jazz artist on the cover of TIME, the first jazz single to sell 1M copies. A vocal supporter of the civil rights movement & political activist.

I met him two years ago, at a festval in Toronto. Not only immensely talented (and still touring in his 80s) but also an utterly charming gentleman.

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Martha Stewart. No joke. For all her faults, she is a Woman's Woman. Smart, savvy, brutal and beautiful - a former model, a former stock broker, a former CEO and a former prison inmate. And she revived interest and respect for women's arts when modern feminism was ready to toss them in the trash. And yet, you will never see an article/tv spot on her company's medias about how to lose weight, look better or better satisfy your man.
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Hands down, no question about it, Reverend Martin Luther King. The man changed the world.

Heroine? Well that would be my wife. :-)

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Heroine? Well that would be my wife. - standing behind you is she?

Martha Stewart - youve a point there.

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Tim Berners Lee. Without whom my life would have turned out very differently.