As a child I had a number of heroes. Willie Mays, centerfielder for the New York/San Francisco Giants with that spectacular over-the-shoulder catch, and Linus Van Pelt of Peanuts fame, philosophising on God and humanity while sucking his thumb and holding a security blanket, were two such. And another of my many childhood heroes was no less than Huey P. Long, Governor and Senator from the great state of Louisiana who was gunned down outside the State Capitol in 1935 at the age of 42. Today is his birthday. And I’d like to celebrate a great man with great contradictions. He remains a hero of mine to this day.