Rating role models
My childhood idols at age fourteen
Both on the field and movie screen
Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers,
Humphrey Bogart and Roy Rogers.
Sought I to be the bravado character
To each was I the silent competitor.
All were icons of fortune and fame
In youth I hoped to be the same.
My first real love was Doris Day
Couldn’t put Lou Gehrig’s poster away
Knew Shirley Temple would always be fair
And Jimmy Stewart would never swear.
Red Skelton’s show required no bleeps
John Wayne always played for keeps,
Bravery and skill present time and again,
Mantel, Robinson, Mays and Hank Aaron.
Heroes were altruistic, caring and clever
I remember their actions and voices forever
The radio episodes I could not miss
Affection peaked with a simple kiss.
Though I never knew and never met
Heroes upon whom my sights were set
To all our champions from the past
This question is most often asked:
Do healthy role models exist today
In our community — not in a screenplay?
Are there heroes that are down to earth
Where example counts and has its worth?
We may never meet the musician or actor
Or play in the ballpark or become the master,
Yet for a moment in time let’s smell the fame
And follow a true hero’s homerun game.
Memories are quiet but drivers of dreams
Giving us hope when action seems,
To keep us tied to our current state
As if it were our only fate.
When it comes to devotion, look within
As most of these heroes are now has-been,
Set our own sites, surrender no goal
We are the actors in life’s real role.
Don Aslett of McCammon is the founder of The Museum of Clean, 711 S. 2nd Ave., Pocatello, and still enjoys giving tours to all visitors. Check out the museum’s website at www.museumofclean.com.