Although I'm sure many of you would prefer a report to the contrary, lately, while laying in bed with my wife, we've talked a great deal about the Greatest American Hero. Not 'who is the Greatest American Hero ever,' mind you, but the cheesy 80s television show. Anyway, it got me thinking.
Who are some of your childhood heroes and heroines? Television has gone straight into the crapper, so my top 10 stems mostly from older shows. Not to mention I was weird as a kid, so my list probably looks only a little like that of a normal one. Here goes:
10. GI Joe--pick your favorite character, but this is a staple in every 4th grade boy's life.
9. Hanley--AKA the Greatest American Hero. This doofus could make any kid giggle.
8. Mighty Mouse--A good one--every smallish kid would trade his GI Joe collection for this mouse's strength and courage.
7. Super Chicken--BokaBokaBoka Bokaaabaaaaa!
6. Optimus Prime--Perhaps this one could be in the top 5. I'll let you decide.
5. Dr. Who--just an awesome show. I still wish I could time travel in a phone booth.
4. Bugs Bunny--this rabbit OWNS Elmer Fudd.
3. ALL of the Ghostbusters. I'd bet good money that 90% of ever guy who reads this blog and was born in the 70s was one for Halloween at some point.
2. Hulk Hogan--you show me a 10 year old in 1987, I'll show you a Hulkamaniac.
1. I think this sums it up:
"I pity the fool who doesn't think I was the greatest!"
I'm sure I missed plenty. I hope you all let me know who I overlooked. Other honorable mentions:
Michael Knight, of Knight Rider
George Jefferson/white alter-ego Archie Bunker
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Bull Shannon, Night Court
Ralph Kramden (there is just something funny about the concept of knocking ANYONE 'to the moon.'
Wonder Woman Ok, she wasn't a heroine (of mine), just hot.
Finally, Bart Simpson, Peter Griffin, and Bender. The last two are a stretch because I was no longer a child when they came around. They would have been heroes though...