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Johannes Gutenberg - Without him a book was un-affordable.
Aaron Swartz - A genius and hacktivist. Murdered by the US government. You will be missed.
Alan Turing - A great mind and treated so wrong by the UK government.
Steven Hawking - The genius of all mankind and a great sense of humor. Big Bang Theory is not as funny without you.
Unknown - The inventor of the number zero, the basis of all computer code.
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper - one of the greats of the early days of computing. Famed for her work on COBOL and CODASYL. Also well known for carrying a nanosecond in her handbag (a piece of wire about 12" long) to demonstrate the physical limits of computing as its length is the maximum distance that electromagnetic energy (e.g. light) can travel in a second.
Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, George Harrison, Pete Townsend
Otis Redding, Oliver "Who shot the La La" Morgan, Lee Dorsey, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas
My Dad, My wife and all of the other Nurses of her generation.
In general, my heroes are obscure individuals who have sacrificed personal gain for the betterment of others: my college professors who never achieved world renown, who stayed at a tiny college because teaching a few students was more important than good money or any chance of fame. Most have have passed away now, and I do miss them.
For me it is Cuck Peddle, father of the 6502 and HDTV. Chuck has received a raw deal in as far as the history of Electronics goes, but he was immensely important to bringing personnel computers the average people around the world.
If your'e not too pround of being an adult to read children's books, and you can get hold of Stig Ericson: Hjältejakten ("Chasing the Hero", or something like that) in a language you master, it is most certainly worth your time. And if you have kids of the right age, 9+, ready to read books that are not just entertainment and fun, but serious stuff, it will be worth their time as well. (You can use "I want to know what my kids are reading" as an excuse for reading the book yourself )
The story takes place in the Wild West shortly after the Civil War. The main character, 15 years old, runs away from home to follow his journalist father to the frontier, to bring back stories about the great heroes of the West. They do find, and make friends with, one of those considered among the greatest of them, but the young boy soon learns the true realities behind that proud "hero" image. Briefly stated: He ends up rather disillusioned.
After reading "Hjältejakten" you won't be as eager for heroes anymore...
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