Outside my relatives -- Age 2 to 6, Casper:
He was real to my mind growing up. He was always trying to be friendly and do good to others. Age 6 to 8 Batman:
He was fighting the evil in his world - for the sake of citzens. He was hidden behind a mask which I identified with by that age. I felt there was a part of me hidden away from the rest of the world. Age 8 to 16 Elvis:
My Grandmother is the one who introduced me to the music of Elvis. She told me how the world had tried to villianize him and he overcame that. She felt that was because "God" was standing on his side. I had "pain attacks" when I was a child. The Doctors associated it with nerves. She told me the sound of Elvis's voice calmed her nerves. He introduced me to the healing power of music. Age 16. Rolling Stones / Bowie / Elton:
For the healing power of their music and walking with the dignity of being gay or bisexual. Age 16 - Jacklyn Kennedy Onasis:
For having to face the world in the aftermath of her own tragedy and doing so with grace while trying to raise her children with the fear - some villians in the world would do them harm. For sheltering them from the media and trying to give them the nurturing they needed. Age 20 Steven Stayner:
For bringing the nation's attention to a problem people had wanted to blind themselves to in the past. The outrage that followed in aftermaht of the trail for the lack of a conviction for sexual crimes against a child. When I heard he died in 1989, I went and bought a 12 pak of beer. For everyone I drank - I poured one out for him. I felt he had accomplised a great feat in this world. He has been and will always be a hero to me. Age 24 Tina Turner:
for overcoming the abuse she endured in her early life - and making a comeback -- proud and strong. Age 26 My friend the humble musician from Aberdeen:
For being there for me during an eight year period and for being a person who felt the healing power of music and the message - was far more important than the money or fame.
Some of the hero's I have had over the years.