I've been thinking about this a lot since last week. I've asked my friends, gotten their answers. Now I'd like to get everyone else's.
Who were your heroes then, and who are your heroes now? Some people, I will admit, don't need a hero. Many of us reach a certain age where they may be looked up to themselves.
I can already say that Shane (assuming he reads this post) will chime in and say Don Bluth is his hero. I don't suppose you had a different hero when you were about ages 8-10, Shane.
Allow me to get the ball rolling. I have 2 heroes that I have great respect for. Not in any particular order:
My godfather, Paul. When I first started my attempts to edit and mix my own show, I didn't know how to. I was only 12 or so, and didn't own a mixer, or any other piece of equipment other than a VCR. Around this time, my father was in prison, and there was no male role model in my life. I remember someone in my family suggesting I ask Paul for help on how to edit my show. I went and explained what I wanted to do, and he understood, and set up this antiquated reel to reel recorder to record my voice to edit in the VHS tape (I already had my game footage and such already edited). He's not only a very intelligent man, but he runs his own business, Bonsai of Brooklyn. This was originally a store across the street from his house. I believe he had to sell his store at some point, and moved his bonsai trees and other related products into his basement. Now he runs the business online. That's his living, and he does good business. I'm a bit envious, but at the same time, have great respect for him. He helped me when I needed it. He's my hero.
My other hero is Shane. I've been listening to the show for a long time. I agree with just about everything you say. You were a great inspiration to me. I was looking for the next big thing to conquer. I've done a TV show, I've done a website. I didn't know what was next. I cannot, for the life of me, remember how I came across Retro Gaming Radio. I know that once I found it, and started listening to it, I went nuts and downloaded every episode that was on there, even got the very first episode. At first, there were some unfinished downloads (I was on dial-up, what could I do?). That, which I did hear, was inspiring. I hope it doesn't sound like I ripped off your idea for a radio show. I was looking for an outlet, same as you. Other internet radio shows have come and gone, you've been at this longer than anyone I know. You have people here that are loyal supporters, and while they may not have a tattoo of your face on their shoulder, or have "Keep it Retro" cut into their foreheads with a rusty razor blade, they'll stick by you until the very end. I admire how you're not afraid to say it like it is. You have more courage than most people out there. Some people can't handle the truth (Insert Jack Nicholson/A Few Good Men joke here).
It's because of your courage, intelligence, generosity, and because you never once let fame go to your head that you, Shane, are my hero!
Sorry if this was long winded. Good thing I don't have like 10 heroes. So fellas, who is your hero?