The original concept of a hero, at least to the ancient Greeks, was that of a demi-god, the child of a god and a mortal, in other words a human with god-like characteristics of bravery and self-sacrifice.
I was recently introduced to my all-time favorite Real Life Superhero (RLSH), Seattle's own El Caballero of the Rain City Superhero Movement. The consummate gentleman sat down to talk about his origins as a crime-fighter, what makes a superhero, and how you can join the cause.
The official Real Life Superhero do-gooders have hometowns as geographically diverse as Boston (Civitron) and Los Angeles (Ragensi) and "southeastern Minnesota" (Geist); maybe there's one in your town?
In times of economic hardship, social upheaval or natural disaster, Americans historically look to heroes for rescue, inspiration and escapist entertainment. This year, Major League Baseball provided plenty of the latter.