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William Slater's Heroes
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William Slater's Heroes


Nona Jane Hickson My Mother, who successfully raised five kids, all of whom she was very proud of, in Memphis Tennessee from 1955 - 1982.  I was her first born and oldest. She lived in Mobile, AL with my step-father, David K. Hickson, and my half-brother, Keith Hickson.  Mom passed away in July 2000.  She is still greatly missed by her children.
U.S. President Barack Obama
(Democrat, Illinois)
God bless Senator Barack Obama!  With a first name that means "blessed" in Arabic, this man truly is blessed.   As the junior Democratic U.S Senator from the Great State of Illinois, he was elected in November 2004 in a landslide victory (74% of the vote - largest in IL history) against Republican Alan Keyes.  I was simply blown away by his 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, as so many others were also.  Did you know that he personally wrote his own speech?  That speech helped get the attention of many at the national level, helping make people aware of Barack Oabama's great potential as a leader.

Anyway, here in Illinois, we are so proud of President ObamaHe is handsome, has a smooth style, and is well-spoken and charismatic.  His apparent  "Rock Star" phenomenon status notwithstanding, Senator Obama is a man of great principles, great character, great oratory, great ideals, great capability, and great energy.  I personally believe that he has a place of great stature in our State and in our great Country's future, at the national level, that will be on par with that of President John F. Kennedy.  He is simply among the very best and most inspiring that America has to offer.  God Bless President Obama and his family.  I earnestly pray every day that he will be given every possible opportunity to demonstrate his full potential, which I strongly believe is enormous.


By the way, I strongly recommend President Obama's first autobiography, (see below) which has sold well over 500,000 copies and is in its 18th printing. 

I finally finished it during Christmas vacation 2005.  In this book, besides showing a personal look into President Obama's life, it contains some great life lessons and great examples of applied wisdom.  What surprised me was just how interesting his trip to Africa was, prior to his admission to Harvard Law School.  There, he got to know all the members of his father's side of the family, and also a great deal about his family history.  That was all very fascinating and wonderfully written.


His second autobiography, that will encompass his family life, and his political career as an Illinois State Senator and as our IL US Senator, is due to be completed in early Spring 2006, and to be published shortly after that.  His many fans look forward to this new book by Senator Obama with great anticipation.

The U.S. Senatorial Candidate Barack Obama
July 27, 2004
At the 2004 Democratic National Convention
Delivering his
Keynote Address

Thomas Jefferson A great mind, great thinker, great writer, and great patriot.  As author of the Declaration of Independence, he helped establish the greatest country the world has ever known: The United States of America.

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Elvis Presley He was born and raised in a poor family, and rose to fame and stardom with a successful careers as both a musician and an actor.  Yet, despite all his achievements, he never forgot his roots and gave away literally two billion dollars to charities and well deserving people.  In addition, Elvis, with his legacy of pictures, music, charisma, and Southern charm continues to be one of the great and perpetual all-American icons.

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Abraham Lincoln Another great mind, great thinker, and a great writer. As 16th president of the United States, he took it upon himself to lead the country, during the worst crisis we ever faced, to achieve an outcome which would be a re-unified United States of America.

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Jimmy Driftwood

The legendary songwriter / folk musician / folklorist who wrote and sang "The Battle of new Orleans" and "The Tennessee Stud".

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Jim Jarnagin

An excellent electrical engineer,  system engineer, and teacher who is my main computer mentor, best friend, teacher, and father figure.  I wrote a lot about Jim on my Mentors web page.

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Andreas Vollenweider Simply the greatest musician alive.  His magical compositions are some of the most healing and liberating things I have ever experienced.

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Peter Rowan The greatest folk / bluegrass / Texican musician alive.  Peter also has the best voice in the world.   I do six of his songs!

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Grace Hopper Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a remarkable woman who grandly rose to the challenges of programming the first computers. During her lifetime as a leader in the field of software development concepts, she contributed to the transition from primitive programming techniques to the use of sophisticated compilers. She believed that "we've always done it that way" was not necessarily a good reason to continue to do so.  -- from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 1994 conference proceedings.

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Richard P. Feynman Dr. Richard P. Feynman was one of the greatest scientists and physics teachers of the 20th century.  Besides having worked on the Manhatten Project (the U.S. crash project to develop the first atomic bomb), Dr. Feynman also received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum-electodynamics, had legions of students who were also his fans, and served on the Rogers Commission which investigated the actual causes of the Challenger Space Shuttle catastrophe.  He was a brilliant man of integrity, charm, and a never-ending curiosity about the universe he lived in.  Read about Dr. Feynman in two of his best biographies: Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character by Ralph Leighton, and What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman, as told to Ralph Leighton.  If you get a chance, visit the best Richard P. Feynman Tribute website at http://feynman.com/online.

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Jaime Escalante Jamie Escalante is one of the greatest and most famous teachers in the United States and he is also a great human being.  His career as a teacher is the basis for the movie, "Stand and Deliver".  He is intense, loves teaching and learning, and has the phenomenal ability to bring out the best in his students.  Besides seeing the movie, Stand and Deliver about 15 times, I have also read his biography and Mr. Escalate one of my greatest inspirations for excellence in teaching.

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