Who’s Your Hero?: New Contest!


So why is a raven like a writing desk? ~Lewis Carroll

The only raven I know is the one in “stark raven mad.” ~The site mascot

Summer’s almost here. I mean, this coming Monday is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and I honestly don’t know where the time goes. And you know, loyal P&Q Rangers, exactly what that means.

It’s time for another contest!

I’ve been thinking this over and I want to make it a special one. I also wanted to involve lots of people the way I did with Guilty Pleasure Movies. Here’s how I hope this will work:

The theme of the contest will be Heroes. Since I’ve been writing so much about my hero Dwight Schultz so much as of late, I want to hear about who your hero is. And, since I’ve never hosted a guest post before, I’d like to give someone a chance to write for P&Q.

1. Between now and June 6, write a short paragraph about your hero and why you admire him/her. This can be someone real or fictional, or even a group (New York Fire Department, Army Rangers, a sports team, etc.) Leave your paragraph in the comments section.

2. One entry per person/IP address.

3. After June 6, I will narrow the field to three finalists and ask my readers to vote on their favorite. The winner will be the person receiving the most votes.

Here’s the really cool part: prizes!

The winner will receive the following: a guest post of his/her choice for P&Q on any topic, an autographed Dwight Schultz item obtained last weekend at the convention, and his/her choice of a $10.00 gift card to iTunes or Amazon .

So, P&Q Rangers, you know what to do! I’d love to hear about your heroes and I know my readers would as well!

Personal note to ThoughtsAppear: Your prize from the last contest is on its way!

Don’t forget to click “Like” and subscribe, otherwise Murdock might start talking to his socks again!

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on May 23, 2012.

10 Responses to “Who’s Your Hero?: New Contest!”

  1. Ooh, fun contest! Need to think about this one…

  2. Thanks for the prize! Can’t wait to get it!

  3. Jason Becker

    Jason Becker was diagnosed years ago with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease), by that point he had released four albums in a short amount of time (two with Cacophony, one solo, and David Lee Roth’s “A Little Ain’t Enough”). Before succumbing to the disease Jason released the album Perspective showcasing more than his impressive guitar playing, but his ability to create sound-scapes that can bring out emotion in the listener. Today, Jason has lost all function of his body from speech to ambulation (something we all tend to take for granted), and fed via intravenous tube. Jason’s father has created a way through eye-movement for when he needs to communicate with him. Jason has not let his illness get him down or break his spirit. Jason is more than just a hero to me, he is my inspiration, he is my motivation, whenever I am having my petty fits of feeling not creative enough, or struggle with trying to get something out I look to his music, his sound-scapes, his determined spirit. Although not a direct influence on my own playing and music, Jason has been my inspiration for wanting to push my creativity whether it be music, art, or words. I am in awe of this man who refuses to just lie down and give up or give in, he is proof that the human spirit can be far more stronger than just it’s physical aspects. His amazing strength, determination, and sheer will not only impresses the living fuck out of me, but reminds me that I should never compromise my creativity no matter the limitations, or even complain about the small, petty things. He is an enigma, an inspiration, and a rebel human spirit.

  4. I have to put on my thinking cap!

  5. An excellent question. Not sure if I could come up with one or two…

  6. This is an excerpt from an interview I wrote that appeared in Education Update.
    (http://www.educationupdate.com/archives/2007/JAN/html/med-drjane.html)
    Jane Aronson is a hero to me.

    For Jane Aronson, being an infectious disease specialist isn’t enough. Neither is being a pediatrician whose practice is totally devoted to orphans and adopted children. Nor is founding a multi- million dollar foundation, Worldwide Orphans that has programs in a dozen countries and has helped thousands of children. Jane Aronson wants to improve the health and education of all children, particularly those inflicted with HIV/AIDS.

    In 1997, she founded WWO, to address the needs of thousands of children living in orphanages who weren’t being adopted. Through the foundation, Aronson established training programs for health professionals and orphanage caregivers in countries in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She visits Haiti regularly, working in clinics established after the devastating 2010 hurricane. WWO sponsors volunteers, called Orphan Rangers, who work with local staffs. A Granny Program trains women from the communities to work one-on-one with an orphan, providing early intervention crucial to child development. WWO partners with UNICEF and the US Agency for International Development to provide anti-retroviral drugs.
    Removing the stigma of AIDS continues to be a major hurdle WWO faces. “A lot of people think all we have to do is give medicine,” said Aronson. “The public in these countries needs to be educated the way we’ve been educated here.”
    Aronson cringes at the amount of “greed and lack of compassion” that pervades society. From an early age, she’s instilled in her three adopted children the Jewish tradition of charity, “Tzedakah”, and involves them in community service. Growing up in Long Island, she watched as her father, a grocer sold on credit to poor families and remembers the living conditions people endured. The indignity she witnessed as a child, she sees in orphanages, and compels her to affect change. “It drives me to do more,” she said.
    (For more information about Dr. Jane Aronson and WWO, go to http://www.orphandoctor.com or http://www.wwo.org)

  7. My grandmother is my hero. She may only be 4 feet and 11 inches tall, but that is one powerful woman. She was born with cataracts in the middle of her eyes. If her eye is like an egg, the cataract is the yolk. She’s completely blind. She uses eye drops to dilate her pupils to see around the cataract. She wears thick glasses, and can see in blurry shapes and colors. She recognizes people by the shape of their blur. Most people that know her have no clue that she’s blind. Even I didn’t know, and she helped to raise myself and my 20+ cousins. Not one day has she let her disability hinder her life. Not one day has she used it as an excuse to get out of things. Not one day has she sat around feeling sorry for herself. She raised seven children and runs a store and campground with my grandpa. Superman may have super strength, Spiderman may be able to climb walls, and Batman may have awesome butt-kicking skills, but none of these hero’s have anything on the courage and strength that my grandma shows in everyday life. Your hero may be a great philosopher, a superhero, or a famous person and that’s just fine. You can keep them because my grandma always has been and always will be my hero.

    Proud,
    Allie.

  8. […] Who’s Your Hero?: New Contest! […]

  9. […] for the next post on Monday, when I post the entries for Who’s Your Hero? Still time to enter if you haven’t already…there are prizes […]

  10. […] weeks ago, I asked my readers to nominate their real-life heroes for a new contest. I wasn’t sure what to expect, whether I’d hear about famous actors or teachers and […]

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