Into every life a personal hero or two will hopefully fall. Sometimes you’ll discover them very early on. For me I always had amorphous ideas about people that inspire me but I had never really thought about who is a personal hero of mine. Now that I’m older I’ve thought about it some, but mostly these two fine gentlemen have come to me recently.
I started reading Vonnegut in high school. I love his fiction. I can’t point to any one thing but it just grabs me. His way with words and expression have turned him into a personal hero of mine. Recently there was a letter published from Mr. Vonnegut to Charles McCarthy after the burning of his book, Slaughterhouse-five. It’s filled with humanity and passion. Things that Vonnegut brings to his books in spades. Things that make me respect him and make him one of my heroes.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
What can one say about Dr. Tyson? For those of you that don’t know who Dr. Tyson is, he’s the head of the Hayden Planetarium and a very, very smart man. Dr. Tyson brings a passion for science and education that I’ve not seen from any other public figure in a long time. His passion comes out every time I hear him talk or read his writings. That passion is infectious and inspiring. Here are a selection of video with him giving talks or his voice.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson at UB: What NASA Means to America’s Future
- 10 Questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 1)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: Swami Levitation
- Dawkins vs. Tyson
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