wants to show
We can be
By David W. Fuller
HERE’S THE DEAL about Brad Meltzer: He
saved the house where Superman was created.
But there’s more:
• He married his high school sweetheart.
• He co-wrote the pledge for AmeriCorps
• His passion seems to be passion.
• He may be Clark Kent, reincarnated.
If you would like to know more about this
author of seven bestsellers, I recommend you
take a look at his first nonfiction book, Heroes
for My Son, out this month. Just as you can tell
a lot about people based on the friends they
keep, you can learn plenty based on the
heroes they revere. Heroes is a straightforward
series of brief profiles of the heroes Meltzer
has collected on his 40-year journey as husband, father, novelist, comic-book writer and
all-around good guy.
As the title suggests, Meltzer conceived
the book as a way of conveying to his new-
born son stories about the importance of
humility, sacrifice, perseverance, passion and
integrity. Now the father of three, Meltzer
says, “These are the stories I want my kids to
grow up with.”
Here are a few of the heroes in the book:
Norman Borlaug, the scientist who devel-
oped high-yielding, disease-resistant grains
and saw that they were deployed to save mil-
lions of lives in China, India, Mexico and else-
Frank Shankwitz, co-founder of the
Clara Hale, who, over the course of more
than 20 years, helped raise nearly 1,000 abandoned children, many of whom came to her
as infants born with HIV/AIDS or suffering
You were expecting Martin Luther King
Jr., George Washington and Lou Gehrig?
They’re in the book too. It’s just that, to
Meltzer, heroes don’t have to be famous, and
they don’t have to be especially brave. They
simply are ordinary people who have tapped
into the extraordinary possibilities and
strengths we all have.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Top: Meltzer plays with his youngest
heroes (l to r), daughter Lila and sons
Jonas and Theo. Above: Soccer great
Pele’s influence was such that in 1967 the
Nigerian war was halted for 48 hours so
that the two sides could watch him play.
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of rehashing the Wright brothers’ great
moment of flight at Kitty Hawk, Meltzer
writes of how every day they would bring to
the field all of the materials needed to rebuild
their craft “because they knew their fledgling
design would crash.”
“Crash and rebuild. Crash and rebuild.
But never ever, ever give up,” he writes.
One of Meltzer’s proudest achievements
came as a byproduct of his research on The