Tuesday, April 17, 2007

10 Idols/Heroes When I Was a Kid

A very tough prompt for me this week as I don't do real well remembering my childhood at all. I’ll take the liberty of considering anything under the age of 18 as my childhood. Some folks will appear because they were heroes at some point, even if they became anti-heroes at another time. (That would include my Dad.)

1. Dad. He was the man I was going to marry when I was very little. He was the type of man no one should marry when I was older.

2. God. He’s still a hero to me to this day, although I will confess to not being much of a hero worshipper at times in my life.

3. Dale, a teacher who came into my life my sophomore year of high school. I recently wrote the praises of he and his wife.

4. Pete Duel, the actor who portrayed Hannibal Heyes on “Alias Smith & Jones.” I should probably post about my bizarre attraction to this dead guy. You can read about him at

David Wilkerson, the author of “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Don’t know how I got my hands on a book that was more than 10 years old, but I read that cover to cover when I was about 11 or 12.

6. And I was even more enthralled by
Nicky Cruz, one of the gang members in “The Cross and the Switchblade.” He wrote a book called “Run, Baby, Run.” [Here’s something funny: Erik Estrada portrayed Nicky in the 1969 movie “The Cross and the Switchblade.”]

7. I worshipped Stephen King, thinking he was the best author in the whole wide world. Pitiful me.

8. Looking purely at the teen idol angle, you’ll have to put me down as idolizing
Bobby Sherman.

9. And Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

10. And
Paul Michael Glaser of Starsky & Hutch.

[Read about others idols -- fallen and not -- at Ten on Tuesday.]


Debi said...

Oh my gosh...I read "The Cross and the Switchblade" and "Run Baby, Run" at about the same age. I absolutely loved them! But I'd forgotten all about them until I just read your list. Total flashback there.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I remember Pete Duel! I remember how deeply affected I was by his suicide, still not sure why. I think I was about 15. I cried and cried for days and my mom got all over me wondering what my problem was, I didn't even know the guy. The point was, he was so young...

Anonymous said...

I think I'd idolize MJ too if I were an American kid. He was a great kid singer, but later he turned weird... But he's still much better 1,000,000% than Sanjaya that's trying to copycat MJ in American Idol latest season :)

Thanks for stopping by!

lmilla said...

Wow - your list is so much... deeper than mine is! Thanks for your list - I love it!


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