I don’t know why but lately I’ve had the overwhelming desire to list at least a few of my great heroes/sheroes of history, mythology, and current society, those who give me hope in humanity. Off the top of my head which is usually as far down in grey matter as I go, I present the Awards to a few of the most notable: First up, Alfred E Newman, the face of MAD magazine all these years, whose steady simple-minded gaze makes you realize you should take nothing seriously in life–or death. Second, Xena the Warrior Princess, who makes us realize that under all the cruelty and manipulation we usually associate with Greek (S)Heroes (all gods actually) underneath at least one of them there is not only great kindness and do-goodedness but a superb warmth emanating from a hot leather-clad body in lusty thigh-high black boots. Lastly (for now anyway), but not leastly, Capt. Jean Luc Pecard, the great captain of the Star Ship Enterprise. Who else could make you feel so secure trillions upon trillions of miles from home as you’re confronted by aliens with strangely distorted foreheads (though always with two hands and feet and a single pair of eyes) and the mind-boggling dangers of a sometimes malfunctioning time-space continuum.