S: Hero Booklet - Jack Goode
BC: "Joseph Campbell Quotes." Find the Famous Quotes You Need, ThinkExist.com Quotations. Web. 01 Feb. 2011.
FC: Heroes “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” - Joseph Campbell
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3: Firemen risk their lives every day for us. They are all selfless and wouldn't mind dying in the line of duty to be able to save another person's life. 9/11 is a major example of their selflessness: many fire fighters died that day trying to save the victims .That's why I think they are heroes: they demonstrate courage and selflessness beyond anyone else.
4: The United States military is without a doubt, a big collaboration of heroes. The Military's goal is to protect the citizens of the United States, and if that means, so be it because they were able to help their country. I admire the army so much. All of the army shows extensive bravery and courage. I wish I could have just an ounce of the courage a member of the military has.
5: The Military
7: While Batman is not a real person, the concept behind him is one that I greatly admire. Batman doesn't have any superpowers: he can't fly, he doesn't have superhuman strength, and he can't run at speeds that break the sound barrier. He is just a regular old citizen of Gotham. He owns and runs a business by day, but when nightfall is upon the city, he goes out to fight crime. None of these come as drawbacks to him, though. He still goes out and fights the Joker, still goes to save the woman in the burning apartment building, and still is a hero even if he is just a regular guy. It goes to show that anyone can be a hero. It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, or what you have, you can go out and do something to make a change or difference in the world. As they say, the longest journey starts with a single step.
8: President Obama
9: On November 2nd, 2008, Americans had to make a huge decision in the presidential election. We had decide between John McCain and Sarah Palin and Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Either way we voted, there would be a record first. It just so happened that Barack Obama was elected, and he became known as America's first African-American president. I think that this shows he has an extreme amount of bravery. Despite what Martin Luther King, Jr. did for Amertca, racism does live on, and it is still a harsh,unfair, and cruel beast to deal with. Not only is President Obama a racial minority, making him susceptible to racism, he was the first President to be of a racial minority, which I think makes him even more of a target. He was probably made aware, but this knowledge did not scathe him. He ran for office even though he knew he would get hate mail, death threats, and the like. He faced his fears, though. That's why I value him so much. He was able to go into a harsh environment with his head held high and not worry about what people say to him regarding his race. He is truly a hero for all that he has done.
10: Steve Jobs is the creator of the Apple brand. He is the father of the iMac, Macbook, Mac mini, iPod, Airport, iPad, and the ever popular iPhone. Apple is a multi-BILLION dollar company that started with a bunch of kids who wanted to build computers. In 1976, when Jobs was a mere twenty-one years old, he founded Apple with 2 of his friends. Then after leaving Apple to start his own computer company, NeXT, Steve Jobs decided to return to Apple. Shortly after, he was named the CEO, as he had founded the company. I find that this story is very inspirational. I'm fifteen years old, and he was twenty-one when he founded his company. That's only 6 years! Who knows, in 6 years, I could found a company like his! With all the resources I have at my fingertips, it probably wouldn't be extremely hard for me to get started. It shows that you can do whatever you want. No matter who you are, you can do anything.
11: Steve Jobs
12: James Patterson
13: James Patterson is my favorite author. He wrote many of my favorite books like When the Wind Blows and The Lake House. This man astounds me. He manages to push out multitudes of books per year, and they are all GOOD! I think that he conveys good messages through his books that should be observed by all. He has his characters fight for what they believe in and stand up for themselves; I think all of these traits are great examples for him to be passing on to his readers on how to conduct their lives.
14: Itzhak Perlman
15: Itzhak Perlman is a world class violinist. He has performed at many grand venues around the globe and played in the most prestigious of symphony orchestras that the world has to offer. One notable occasion that Perlman played at was President Barack Obama's inauguration. Perlman, a cellist, clarinetist, and a pianist performed an arrangement of Simple Gifts by John Williams. His music has inspired many a young violinist, including myself. The first time I heard him was when he was performing a famous piece by Bazzini. The technical accuracy and beautiful tone that he manages to get out of his Stradivarius violin is unmatched by any violinist currently active. This song made me want to play violin, even though I am not in the school orchestra, and even though I am starting later than the time most people start instruments. I didn't care. I strive to be like Perlman. I would be ecstatic if I was to have even a fractional amount of his skill. His music has and will inspire many people by it's technical prowess and sheer beauty, and this is why I think of Itzhak Perlman as my hero.
16: Ansel Adams
17: Ansel Adams is a photographer. His photographs have been displayed in books and art galleries around the world. He is, in my opinion, the best photographer to have ever walked the earth. Every picture that he released was perfectly in focus, perfectly exposed, perfectly developed, perfectly lit, perfectly cropped, had a perfect aperture and breathtaking in its level of beauty. He is famous for the pictures of the vistas of Yosemite Park. The picture I have, on the left, is of Ansel posing with a picture he took at Yosemite. Ansel Adams is a meaningful person to me because I also find photography to be one of the most powerful and most moving forms of art because it is taken from real life. Photographers are people who document the world in times of interest. I want to be as good as he one day, but I don't know if that will ever happen. Like Itzhak Perlman, Ansel Adams is an artist who will continue to inspire generations to come.
18: Martin Luther King, Jr.
19: Martin Luther King, Jr. is a name known in all households of America. He represents what we are today and how far we have come as a nation. Dr. King was a humanitarian who followed in the ways of the late, great Mohandas Ghandi. He believed in peaceful protest, and it definitely worked. His goal was to end segregation in America, and Dr. King was successful. He put an end to the practice of separation of races at schools and in public places. No more do blacks and whites have to use separate entrances, no more do they have to attend different schools, no more do they have to use separate bathrooms or water fountains; all of these practices are discontinued in large part because of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s actions. He marched on cities, gave speeches, and picketed government buildings until the government finally caved in and passed a law that outlawed segregation. This story has a tragic ending though. Martin Luther King changed America, and it was too much for some people, so they had him assassinated. I don't think he minded though, and to be honest, he probably expected it. This shows that you can do whatever you set your mind to. If you keep your head high and have your goal in sight, it can be yours.
20: Michael Phelps is an Olympic swimmer. The times he gets in his events are almost unmatched. He has one more gold medals in a single Olympic Games than any other athlete before. As amazing and impressive as all of that is, I find the way he got started on swimming to be even more impressive. He was diagnosed with ADD as a child and was very hyper, and as a way to get him out of the house more, his mother signed him up with the local swim team, where he quickly rose to the top in terms of skill. Being a swimmer, his story inspires me to practice hard and try for the best.
21: Michael Phelps