I have many heroes, most of them of a scientific bent, but of late I have taken a particular liking to Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics. Professor Wiener was the prototype absent-minded professor, who elevated the art to entirely new levels. Here's one example from WikiQuote:
When he and his family moved to a new house a few blocks away, his wife gave him written directions on how to reach it, since she knew he was absent-minded. But when he was leaving his office at the end of the day, he couldn't remember where he put her note, and he couldn't remember where the new house was. So he drove to his old neighborhood instead. He saw a young child and asked her, "Little girl, can you tell me where the Wieners moved?" "Yes, Daddy," came the reply, "Mommy said you'd probably be here, so she sent me to show you the way home".
- Anecdote as recounted by Howard Eves
Oh, to aspire to such greatness! :)
Eric the Absent
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.