Heroes, we all have them even if we refuse to admit it. Some of us like to say “people we admire”. I’ve spoken at length on this subject with friends and coworkers and it amazes me that quite a few people don’t like to admit to even a degree of hero worship, iconism, idolism, idolatry, whatever one chooses to call it. There are just some folks whose ego will not be surmounted by the admission that there are or were human beings that they hold in such high esteem as to fashion a code of ethics or values around. Some people say, “Oh yeah. I admire thus and such a person, but I wouldn’t call them a hero.” Why not? Whatever.
I definitely have heroes. People who have influenced my life and moral code even if I don’t have the balls to truly emulate them. At the top of this list is, oddly enough, Wyatt Earpe because he was as real as it gets. He was an opportunist for sure and he lived on both sides of the law, which at the time was a blurry delineation at best. But he had nerves of steel and knew what to do to get the job done and made no apologies for same. I don’t ask my heroes to be idealistically potent. Just real. And forthright. Earpe had the integrity to pit himself against odds that in retrospect must have seemed foolhardy but while in the act, that never came into question because the options where weighed and subsequently immediately acted upon. This takes a firmly set code of ethics, right or wrong. And I’m not just talking about the infamous OK Corral incident either. In his lifetime and career as a lawman, miner, businessman and sports event controller he often backed down groups of irate individuals with sheer guts and resolve, and personal safety-be-damned.
This is the kind of behavior that inspires me. My father, who I’m sad to say, died when I was seventeen of cancer, had those qualities and, if truth be told, it is he, Arnold Christoffer Yesthal, that heads up this list. We didn’t always see eye to eye, in fact we seldom did. But I like to think we had a mutual respect and certainly love. I miss him.
Others on my list are:

Hunter S. Thompson
Ron Paul
Andy Rooney
William Wallace
Leif Ericson (And by the way, he was Norwegian so it would have been EricsEn)
Albert Einstein
Rosa Parks
Lori Jacobs
Winston Churchill
Frank Zappa and George Carlin (both because they were committed enough to speak their minds and to hell with who didn’t like it all while being super-humanly clever)
Ian Anderson(for being the first man that got respect for saying “Snot running down his nose.”
Thomas E. Woods
Jesus Christ
Erin Brockovich
Jack Kerouak
Mdme. Marie Currie
Max Yasgur
Kevin Smith
Roald Dahl
Nikola Tesla
Richard Brautigan
Herman Hesse
Yngwei Malmsteen (just because human beings aren’t supposed to be able to do that on the guitar)
George Kenneybrook
Cheff (from Southpark)
And of course Batman.

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  • Bob Fox
    Bob Foxalmost 6 years ago

    Interesting glimpse into your soul! I enjoyed it. Hey, how about adding a little blurb after each of your heroes? I’m sure you’ve got something interesting to say!

  • The blurbs would be pretty much the same for all of them. Guts, determination and a strong push to be themselves. Thanx for the comment.

    – George Yesthal

  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryalmost 6 years ago

    Malmsteen, good stuff, he has to be recognised cos he’s off the head on that axe but you couldn’t be listening to him all the time.
    But if there were in the future some race of aliens trying to take over the world who can only be defeated by insane guitar music I’d line up Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Paco de Lucia.

  • Amen. Load the starships, bucko. The invasion is nigh.
    Thanx for the comment.

    – George Yesthal

  • Bob Fox
    Bob Foxalmost 6 years ago

    I can see that you have a special admiration for people that are exceptionally innovative, and/or demonstrated a willingness to die for their beliefs.

    Your thoughts about your dad got me thinking about my life and how it would have been different if Pop was gone when I was 17. We didn’t become good friends until after that. In the end, I cared for him at home because he didn’t want to die in a hospital. Haven’t been able to write about that yet. Like you, my Pop has long been at the top of my heroes list.

  • George Yesthal
    George Yesthalalmost 6 years ago

    I had my mom with me for seventeen years before she died, so I know where you’re coming from. It was hard sometimes but she was a good friend above all else. Wish I could have gotten to know Dad better.
    Thanx as always for your great comment.

  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryalmost 6 years ago

    Tell you what, here’s a personal idol.
    Derren Brown
    I want what’s in that man’s head. David Blaine me arse.

  • OwassaLori
    OwassaLoriover 2 years ago

    Harry Hoxsey, Freddy Mercury, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, Nana, Paramahansa Yogananda, Alex Jones (for handing out so many “red pills”….just a few off the top of my head

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