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People you admire

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by DickButtonFan, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

    Sorry if there is a thread out there like this, if so I guess it will be merged.

    Who are some people you really admire, especially on the intellectual level? I find Simon Schama to be an absolute genius, especially when it comes to his narrative abilities. He has this insane ability to sound so poetic. I have his dvd on the power of art as well as his book. Here is some of his work on youtube, thought some of you would enjoy it.

    Caravaggio Power of Art:
    Part 1 (warning: there is some sword fighting/violence)

    Also David Power of Art:

    I'll post some more important people a bit later. Hope you watch the videos they're really well done.

    There are numerous more parts and other videos on youtube.
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  2. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    Caravaggio rep for you.

    (will contribute something more meaningful to this lovely thread later)

  3. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Peter Gabriel
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  4. jamesy

    jamesy shut in

  5. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    Joni Mitchell
  6. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    You may like Laura Nyro, one of her early peers.
  7. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    Holland politician turned author Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
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  8. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    I do, but Joni had such an influence on me growing up (I have been smitten with her since I was 13. All my friends were into Kiss, I was into Joni Mitchell... :shuffle:). Lyrically nobody has come close in her nearly 4 decades of recording. Melodically she is a genius but her lyrics are sublime. As Elvis Costello once said, she can paint a vivid picture in 5 or 6 words.

    Also, Joni is not a folk singer. She was when she did her first couple of albums but she developed. Laura to me was more just folk.
  9. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

    Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, princess Diana, mother terasa, RFK jr, people who created charities, the troops.
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  10. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    Folk? Are we even talking about the same artist?
  11. london_calling

    london_calling Well-Known Member

    Lynda Barry. My favorite cartoonist and one of my favorite authors.
  12. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    The first person who came to mind was Roger Ebert. Reading this article from Esquire brought tears to my eyes. He's been through so much, yet continues to live life to the fullest and refuses to feel sorry for himself.

    On a working level, I really admire director Christopher Nolan's leadership skills. In 10 years he went from shooting a $6,000 film over a year of Saturdays with friends, to the $185-million studio behemoth that was The Dark Knight. The trajectory is stunning, and he doesn't seem to have lost his cool at any point along the way. I've heard from people who've worked with him, that he never raises his voice, but he puts high expectations on the crew and they all trust him because he's always at ease. I just can't help but admire that.

    I also admire musician Tori Amos, because I think she's cool. :lol:

    Oh, and Prancer too. Prancer rocks. :respec:
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  13. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    Of current people, I really admire and respect John and Hank Green. John and Hank are known on Youtube as the Vlogbrothers, and spent all of 2007 posting a video every weekday as a way of keeping in touch with each other. They're still posting videos and have quite a large fanbase. I know many consider Youtube people to be self-centered of fame seeking, but John and Hank use their popularity to inspire kids and young adults to embrace intelligence and learning. They discuss books, current events, history, science, and many other awesome, nerdy things. :)

    John is particularly witty, wise, and wicked smart. He writes excellent books (mainly aimed towards teens, but many outside of the target demographic find them enjoyable). Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are especially worth reading.

    Vlogbrothers' Youtube Channel
  14. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    - Marc Garneau
    - Joannie Rochette
  15. Eden

    Eden Well-Known Member

  16. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

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  17. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Wow. Just, WOW!
  18. cholla

    cholla Fearless musher

    Harper Lee, Edurne Pasaban-Lizarribar, The Dalaï Lama, Einstein, Mozart, my boyfriend, Reinhold Messner, Jean-Christophe Lafaille, Camille Claudel, John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez, Alexander Soljenitsine, Maria Callas. Not necessarily in that order :D
  19. LordCirque

    LordCirque Well-Known Member

    Mia Michaels, William Forsythe, Matthew Mitcham, Lady Gaga, Dr Seuss, Hermann Hesse, Stephen Sondheim, JD Salinger, Cleopatra.
  20. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    I admired Sinead O'Connor when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on stage at a concert - and found it interesting that the others on stage with her (supposedly also rebels against the status quo and including Bob Dylan) shied away from her, as if ashamed.

    I have thought it would have been more effective is she had ripped up a picture of the cross, rather than the picture of a certain Pope - but her message was clear and I applaud her for doing it. It may have ruined her career for a bit - which makes me admire her even more.
  21. pumba

    pumba New Member

    David Coverdale for amazing love songs :swoon:
  22. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

    Simon Schama? Pfft! David Starkey FTW! :) Great historians...

    I don't know I admire, to be honest.
  23. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

    William Shakespeare
    William Blake
    Albert Camus
    Aung San Suu Kyi
    Bertrand Russell
    Bruce Kent
    All the Greenham Common women
    Caroline Lucas
    Martin W
    Geoffrey Chaucer
    Neil Young
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Franz Schubert
    David Attenborough
    Richard Fortey
    Galileo Galilei
    Nicolaus Copernicus
    Midori Ito
    Ralph Nader
    Martin Luther King
    Steve Biko
    Andre Brink
    My mum
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  24. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    Miki Ando, Joannie Rochette, Hikaru Utada, Martin Luther King, Jr., José Saramago, my family.
  25. MOIJTO

    MOIJTO Banned Member

    This may sound corny but here goes:

    My mother---who has survived cancer (36 yrs) blindness (11yrs) and an abusive husband to make her life on her own and raise me during the 60's when it was taboo for a women to be single with a child. She has been divorced for 49 yrs.

    My husband---who has become one of the strongest most patient men I have ever met and is willing to fight for what he wants. He has saved our company 3x since 1995.

    There are many people I have great respect for who believe in them selves and persevere no matter what is put in front of them. Its mostly everyday people as they are the ones than can teach you the best!
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  26. smurfy

    smurfy Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting the article link. Very moving. I love movies, and I feel that I learned in the classroom of Siskel & Ebert. I learned so much, besides being entertained from their reviews and banter. I still to this day miss their show. Ebert & Roeper were great, but always second place. I always thought highly of both of them, but after this article, wow.

    Jackie Joyner Kersee is someone that I have admired. During the 88 Olys, I was watching with my Mom, who was dying of cancer, and Jackie talked about her Mom that has passed, and it was so real and true.
  27. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Artist: George Ballanchine
    Spirtiual/Philosophical/Political: Karol Wotyla/Pope John Paul II
    Military/Motivational: George S. Patton. ;)
  28. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Mojito, love it.
  29. ilovepaydays

    ilovepaydays Well-Known Member

    Nurses, and not just because my mom's one.
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  30. Satellitegirl

    Satellitegirl New Member

    Jane Goodall, Carl Sagan, My Mom, My Mom's Mom(Grandma), Michelle Kwan, Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, anyone who does volunteer work. I'm sure there are others I'll remember later...but these are the ones that make the strongest impression on me and are easily remembered.