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Have you ever met your hero?
Have you ever met your hero?
Many years ago, at university, a friend of mine got to meet his hero. He was a big fan of Douglas Hofstadter (a philosopher, he wrote “Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid” and “Metamagical Themas”, amongst many others). Anyway, this friend of mine got the opportunity to have lunch with Douglas. So off he went full of anticipation at meeting this intellectual hero of his.
When he returned we naturally asked him what Douglas was like, fully expecting a glowing account. “Boring”, he replied. The problem was that while Douglas wrote the most amazing books, made the most lucid arguments in writing, and challenged everyone who read them, in person he was dull. His speech was very slow, his mind did not (to my friend) seem sharp during conversation. He obviously need more time than a conversation afforded to gather his thoughts.
All in all, my friend was very disillusioned by the whole experience. He had expected to meet the same person he had conjured from the pages of the books, and when he didn't meet that person he was disappointed.
So, my question to you is, “Do you have a hero you don't want to meet, just in case they disappoint you in real life?”.
10/18/2005 12:32 pm
I have a friend that refused to meet Peter Steele (lead singer of Type O Negative) because she was afraid it would shatter the lil fantasy she had built up about what he was like.|
Personally I know how your friend feels. I used to work at a live music venue and met a lot of famous bands as a result. Since I am really into the music scene some of those guys were kind of like heros to me. I found more often than not they were spoiled, snotty little pricks that didn't care about much but there image, there drugs, and there groupies. I kind of learned the hard way that even the most detestable person can accomplish something that touches folks in a personal way.
Not all of those meetings were terrible however. I am pleased to report that Ozzy Osbourne is even nicer/cooler in person than you see on T.V. (his wife Sharon is a doll as well). Also Zach Wylde is ten times the party animal and power drinker he is rumored to be, but extremely polite (as long as your not between him and his beer!)
10/19/2005 12:09 pm
Keith Jarrett: because although a brilliant pianist.....when he speaks he ties himself up in knots of hyperbole
Sam Beckett: cus he's dead....!
Roger Federer: because nothing he could say would be as sublime as what he does on a tennis court
Edward de Bono: because i love lateral thinking.....but i just can't get over how much he sounds like a posh toffee-nosed public-school twit (or should that be twat?)
Yes....i think you guessed it by now.....I'm a fellow Brit (albeit with Polish undertones)......i can more or less tell....within 1 paragraph of reading a blog whether it's Brit or a Yank.......can you?