I recently became hooked on “The Big Bang Theory,” a TV show about four science geeks and Penny, a normal girl who lives across the hall.
Why I’ve become addicted to it, I’m not sure, but I think it’s because it’s so different. Sure, it’s predictable. But the interactions between the characters are hilarious enough to keep the show moving along at a steady pace.
Sheldon and Leonard are roommates, Howard lives with his mother, and Raj can’t talk to girls, literally. They are all huge sci-fi freaks and it’s just really funny to imagine that there are people in this world who are like that. And it’s true. There are. A lot.
Sheldon is in love with Dr. Spock of “Star Trek” fame. Penny once gave him a napkin(she works as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory) signed by Leonard Nimoy for Christmas, and he went as far as to hug her (those who have seen the show know that Sheldon does not show emotion easily).
So why am I telling you all this?
Because I’ve been thinking lately how people, like the guys from the show, are often viewed as strange, weird, and socially inept, just because they are more intelligent than most. But they are actually the thinkers of the world, the ones with the courage to make things happen.
I had an interview today with Bev Daws, a woman who knew the founder of Hiawatha, Faye Clark. Clark had a vision, she said. He saw what a small plot of land could become and set out to make it happen. Hiawatha had a population of 75 in 1951 and today it has over 7,000.
“It’s hard to start something new,” said Daws. “But Faye saw a need, and he did what he could to fill that need.”
She explained that many soldiers were coming home from World War II and there was a shortage of housing. Clark knew they would need a place to live, so he decided to build a new town for them.
Clark probably didn’t have any idea the impact he would have on so many people, but maybe he didn’t have to. After all, Daws said that he didn’t do it for fame or fortune; he did it because he was a good person and wanted to help people.
And that’s the way it should be.