The question today is do we need role models for our children, and who should they be?
Justin Bieber? He’s had a very strange year and it’s not even half over.
How about Chris Pine who is carving out a nice career as we rediscover Captain Kirk and the Star Trek crew? It won’t likely be Bill Shatner, the original Kirk who just turned 82.
Without question, the best bet right now has to be a 53 year old Canadian who became a superstar in space.
Chris Hadfield spent five months aboard the International Space Station, and was the first Canadian to serve as Commander up there.
I’m not sure David Bowie has much to worry about, but Hadfield has single-handedly sparked the interest of thousands of school kids in this country and elsewhere. Hopefully he has caused them to wonder about what’s out there, and where should we go next?
The saddest moment had to be the image of our Canadian hero, sitting on the ground in Kazakhstan, looking like he had just been thrown against a wall. The fact that he’s now having a hard time dealing with gravity once again only increases my admiration for John Glenn who rode the Shuttle at the age of 77.
Hadfield would never say so, because he’s Canadian and oh so polite, but I still think it’s just not right that our people have to ask Vladimir Putin for a ride on a Soyuz.
I’m Roger Currie