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Who is a living legend to you?

Asked by Cruiser (40401points) February 20th, 2014

Whether this person was an inspiration of your past or now….who is still alive that you appreciate enough to achieve the status of living legend? Please offer a reason you feel this way about this person.

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talljasperman's avatar

Weird Al Yankovich. I didn’t like music as a child and I heard his parodies and I started giving other songs a chance, like Smells like Nirvana, led me to listen to Smells like Teen Spirit, and Much music and Beavis and Butthead…. led to Daria and Teen mom and MTV Creeps.
I had a lonely childhood and I used to pretend that Weird al was a member of my family, he took away some of the pain of childhood.

filmfann's avatar

Chuck Yeager.
John Glenn.
Quentin Tarantino.

ibstubro's avatar

I was never personally a huge Madonna fan, but I look at Lady Gaga today and she just seems like a re-run, a parody of the groundbreaking things Madonna did.

Bruce Springsteen. Recurring and relevant. I recently watched an early video and he was so pretty, it’s hard to believe he didn’t get too big for music or OD.

I know he’s relatively young, but having grown up with Johnny Depp, I’m awe inspired the he took a pretty-boy role on 21 Jump Street and turned it into an amazing career.

For female ‘star’, I’ll chose Carol Burnett. She brought so much clean fun to so many people and never had a credible ‘scandal’. Wish she were active more after she gave up her TV show, but I respect her wishes. That show still cracks me up.

Seek's avatar

Charles Manson.


Pachy's avatar

Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella. Together, 161 years old and both still giving award-winning performances.

janbb's avatar

Pete Seeger was until three weeks ago.

Cruiser's avatar

@talljasperman I have the same affection for Frank Zappa for the same exact reason! GA!

Cruiser's avatar

@filmfann 3 very awesome inspiring choices. Especially including QT!

Aethelwine's avatar

B.B. King.

do I really need to explain?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Bob Seagar.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Bill Cosby
Bill Gates
Paul McCartney

Khajuria9's avatar

Although I believe that there is no substitute for Nicholas Tesla, I also admire Stephen Hawking very much.

gondwanalon's avatar

Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomallis) is pure genius and a magnificent composer and pianist! I get lost is his music where I see great joy, struggle and courage. No other music grabs me like that.

johnpowell's avatar

Without a doubt.. Steve Olson. I went as far as growing a big ass afro in high-school. We were really drunk when I asked my first lady-friend to be my girlfriend. She said I needed to cut my hair before she would be my GF. The next day I had my sister shave my head. She had amazing boobs. It was totally worth it.

Berserker's avatar

Stephen King. I used to have a very vivid and active imagination as a kid, but that died away pretty quick. But reading stuff from Stephen King, I often feel that this isn’t true, after all, or at least not so much.
Not the best author, but he has a way to grip you with his own ideas, and reading his shit always feels like an adventure to me, kind of like when I was six and spent three hours playing in old ass basements. It was awesome.
Thing is with his stories, I always end up trying to imagine what goes on after they’re done, or what could have happened in between, or before, and sometimes it goes really far. I love his stories, but most of his endings completely suck. But I think he does it on purpose, so that you keep thinking bout shit later.
Kind of sad that I need a kick in the ass to get my imagination going, I admit that, but at least it’s cool to know it isn’t entirely dead, no?

Also Bruce Lee. Fuck you guys, he’s not dead.

Cruiser's avatar

@jonsblond No dear…in my top 3 no explanation needed!:)
@Khajuria9 Tesla died in 1943 but I will resurrect him just to honor him as living legend along side Stephan Hawkins and deservedly so! Just imagine the conversations they would have!
@gondwanalon indeed Live at the Acropolis was an amazing event and so is his music!
@johnpowell that last trick was jaw dropping! Thanks for sharing this!
@Symbeline BL is rooming with SK! What a fucking super hero combo they make!

johnpowell's avatar

@Cruiser :: If you respect skateboarding (summer Olympics) you should check out this. Watch until the end. It shows the tricks in normal speed. Somewhat mind-blowing.

ucme's avatar

Diego Maradona
Muhammad Ali

Cruiser's avatar

@johnpowell That was way cool and reminded me of Danny MacAskill who would qualify as a LL.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Madam Curie.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Paul McCartney & William F. Buckley (teehee), Elvis of course (he’s not really dead lol)

Cruiser's avatar

@KNOWITALL Great choices! Paul is great and so is William. Elvis is an eternal legend in his own right!

Juels's avatar

Barry Manilow – Besides his incredible composing and singing career, he wrote/composed some well known jingles. I’ve seen him in concert. Even sick, he put on a wonderful performance.

I am stuck on Band-Aid, ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me!”
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there…

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

I’m a Pepper he’s a pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?

KNOWITALL's avatar

@ragingloli Do you say that in the church lady’s voice from Sat Night Live? bahaha

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

Muhammad Ali. In the ‘60’s he gave up everything he had worked for all his life in an attempt to defend his religious beliefs (whether they are/were right or wrong is not the issue) when confronted with being drafted to fight in a war in which he did not believe. He has remained one of the most recognizable and has over the years, become one of the most beloved people around, has championed the cause of a better world and life for children and others since retiring from boxing despite being hampered by severe Parkinson’s which has robbed him of his ability to express himself. He has proved to be an inspiration to many and the world is a better place because of his having been here.

Cruiser's avatar

@TheRealOldHippie Great choice and I remember being glued in my seat watching his matches. His relationship with Howard Cosell was fun to watch too!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Cruiser “How sweet it is!”

If Mandela was still alive, he’d be my choice, hands down.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Noam Chomsky

He has cogent ideas on many societal issues that I find compelling.

filmfann's avatar

@KNOWITALL I am grateful to point out that William F. Buckley is DEAD DEAD DEAD.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Barbra Streisand

Actress, singer, director and producer with a 50 year career and counting. As far as I am concerned, no other living entertainer comes close to her.

@Juels I am a huge Barry Manilow fan, having seen him live at least 5 or 6 times and not been disappointed once. He would be my second choice after Barbra.

Cruiser's avatar

Great choice @Leanne1986 I never knew Barbara had such severe stage fright and was happy to see her take the stage again in her Back to Brooklyn show!

OpryLeigh's avatar

@Cruiser Absolutely. I have been lucky to see her live four times and I’m sure I said every time that it was the best night of my life!!

Cruiser's avatar

@Leanne1986 Very cool! I remember as a kid watching her movies and TV specials. A true musical Diva!

ibstubro's avatar

I’m surprised no one mentioned Jimmy Carter. He might have been a mediocre President, but he’s been an exemplary word citizen since. Meeting him at the white house during his inauguration was one of the high points of my life.

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