1. By far, Michael Jack "Mike" Schmidt - #20, the third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. When I was 9 I got to see him play in the World Series (I went to game 2, the Phillies won in 6 games). Yesterday (4/16/07) I received my much-awaited replica Schmidt jersey!
2. Deborah "Debbie" Gibson - in 1987 she stole my heart, clean cut, cute, positive lyrics, and she sang, wrote, produced and played instruments, making her a far cry more talented than Tiffany.
3. Baden Powell - I was a Cub Scout and later a Boy Scout, and Baden Powell was the founder of the modern day scouts.
4. Peter Christopher - he's my older brother. Though just 2 and a half years older, he was 4 years ahead of my in school due to a July birthday and skipping a grade in elementary school. I liked hanging out with him and his friends (he didn't always like it). As I was a big kid, people sometimes asked if we were twins.
5. Barry Manilow - it's my mother's fault. Before I knew what taste in music was, she bought me some of his music and I remember getting excited one Christmas when I got the album of his Greatest Hits Volumes 1 and 2.
6. Susan Richardson - Not really an idol or hero, but she was from my hometown and had made it as an actress as one of the daughters on TV's Eight is Enough. IMDB shows a lot of TV work in the 70's and mentions a nervous breakdown she has recovered from in the 1980's.
7. Hall & Oates - two more guys from my part of SE Pennsylvania - they were the first concert I ever attended (at age 14).
8. Ultraman - Long before the Power Rangers there was Ultraman. The best I can remember, it was about a group of Japanese people fighting evil (including Godzilla-like enemies) and the hero would become Ultraman by pressing the button on some hand-held thingy, morphing into a giant robot-like fighter!
9. The Matel Corporation - I was all about collecting Matchbox Cars and Hot Wheels cars. I had carrying cases for them and would show them off to my next-door neighborm the daughter of the associate pastor at my church (we were both about 7 years old).
10. Bo and Luke Duke - My brother and I loved the Dukes of Hazzard. In 1982 when we were told we were moving to Georgia I got very excited and looked for Hazzard County on a Georgia map. I couldn't find it because, well, it doesn't exist. :(