But are they heroes, as indicated in the headline? Whenever I see that word applied to people in the news, I always think of this exchange from an old "Simpsons" episode:
Homer: That little Timmy is a real hero.
Lisa: What makes him a hero, dad?
Homer: Well, he fell down the well and ... can't get out.
Lisa: How does that make him a hero?
Homer: Well, it's more than you did!
Tom Snyder, Ingmar Bergman and Bill Walsh did more than fall down a well, and they did more than I'll probably ever do. Their work is significant, their lives newsworthy. But I am not sure they match these definitions of hero:
- a person distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength;
- a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god (classical mythology)