We've had threads before on our heroes, but never one on our idols. The difference in concepts is kind of subtle. Heroes are generally expected to be, well, heroic. It's easy to admire the ultra-renaissance-person or the war hero who saved forty people singlehandedly. And we certainly do idolize these folks, but there are other people that we identify with, admire, or desire to emulate in other ways that are not necessarily "heroes" in the traditional sense. Mine include: Richard P. Feynman: For his inquisitiveness, general ability to jump into nearly any situation and find a place in it, and his obsessive introspectiveness that allowed him to understand and relate those experiences to others. Norm Abram, Master Carpenter: For his down-to-earth nature, his dedication to his craft, and his ability to make a plaid flannel shirt work in any situation. Warren Buffett: A tiny bit for his investment ability, and a very large amount for the lifestyle and perspective he maintains in spite of it. John Aaron: For being good enough to know to try SCE to Aux. FOCUS: Who are yours?