Terry Wogan, Personal Hero

I just read some interviews where people were asked about their childhood heroes. I had to laugh at their choices of cartoon characters and the like – mine was Terry Wogan.

For the non-Brits/Irish (he’s famous in Ireland, right?), Terry is an Irish TV presenter who has lived in the UK and been on the BBC for as long as I can remember. His chat show was on the telly three evenings a week for the first eight years of my life, and he presented my gran’s favourite, the Eurovision Song Contest each year, so it’s not surprising that I was quite attached to the man.

The book above was owned by every household in my family. I assume they all bought it for each other one christmas, hoping to remind themselves of the old country. Look at him – so smooth, so casual! Would you look at that jumper? I think most members of my family owned one of those delights, too!

When I was six, I made up a game which was, surprisingly enough, titled “Wogan”, where I would line up all my cuddly toys on the bed and interview them. One especially exciting “show” featured Superman, Prince Charles (who had recently broken his arm playing polo), and Mozart. A bit of fiction, a bit of reality and a bit of history and music – I presented a well rounded show there! 

Ah, Terry Wogan. Such a lovely, lovely man. He’s 75 now and just down to presenting a radio show each Sunday as well as a few other bits throughout the year. He’s still way up there on my list of people I would be extremely starstruck if I met.

Who was your childhood hero? Do they still live up to your expectations?

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