20/20 was a sign of good physical vision, but the year of 2020 should be remembered as the year of excess. Too many got infected and too many died. Covid-19 was no respecter of fortune or fame. And I will not mention one name. On top of a world-wide pandemic was a lot of national political drama and social unrest which put the country and the hospital system to the test.
Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on me lyrics’ caused the country to lean on essential workers to keep the economy afloat. Doctors and Nurses in the hospitals were ‘in the trenches’ trying to save as many lives as possible. First responders and people in the Home Health Care field were ‘on the front line’.
The sudden accidental death of 41-year-old Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter and seven others stunned the nation and the world – the basketball world and beyond. Because of Kobe the term ‘Girl Dad’ became part of current culture.
Congressman John Lewis was one of those good heroes. He fought the good fight for many years. He started the fight outside the system (in the 1960s alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr) then continued the fight inside the Congressional system.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was the champion for women’s rights. Her battles were fought for 27 years on the Supreme Court.
Then there were these names of George Floyd, Admaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor of untimely that rekindled a more powerful civil rights/social justice movement.
Chadwick Boseman (age 43) portrayed celebrates and social icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. When he portrayed King T’Challa (The Black Panther) in the Marvel Universe he became a Superhero. When it was discovered that while he was doing these action movies, he was going through surgeries and chemotherapy he became a extraordinary actor focused on his craft.
Sean Connery’s death took me back to the time I was nine years old back in Detroit MI. It was the first time I went to the local movie theater by myself to see James Bond in Dr. No. A few years ago, I stopped to watch a TV program, about a movie titled ‘Searching for Forrester’. That event made it into my blog novel.
We should remember those heroes who have gone on to the ancestors maybe we can learn something because we will join them some day.