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5/20/2012


Finally I can tell WHY Alex O’Loughlin Became My Hero

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:09 pm

A few weeks ago, I made a strange tweet…I mean, strange even by my own somewhat…odd…standards. I mentioned that Alex O’Loughlin, the star of the current CBS series Hawaii Five-0 was my hero. That didn’t come as out-of-the-blue as it clearly appeared based on some comments I’ve received, but I couldn’t discuss how or why until today - today is, by the way and not coincidentally, my daughter Katie’s fourteenth birthday.

The backstory you need to know is that when Katie was maybe nine, we saw a commercial for a show coming in the fall named Moonlight - she was immediately captivated by the handsome young actor portraying the vampire of the story, and decreed we must watch the show. We did, of course, each week, reruns included, and she became more smitten by this man with each episode…he was the first male to whom the adjective “cute” was applied by her, and the mere mention of his name could cause her to blush. She was crushed when she found out the program was canceled. When later the series Three Rivers premiered, we watched that show weekly, until it, too was canceled with the same disappointment that she couldn’t see this man…er…I mean this show, again. Now that Hawaii Five-0 is a hit, we no longer have the disappointment of cancellation, but even at thirteen we are still following Mr. O’Loughlin’s show weekly (DVR-shifted to avoid issues with schoolwork and bedtime, of course).

Last February, I took a chance. I found an address for the show’s production offices and sent a letter with a pair of photos of the vampire Mick St. James that she first became enthralled by, asking the actor if he would please choose his favorite and inscribe it to her. Months passed, I didn’t hear anything; I assumed the guy was busy, and eventually forgot about it.

Earlier this month, my wife stopped at the business box and brought home a priority mail envelope that appeared to have my own handwriting on the front…seemed a bit odd, until slowly the realization dawned and I carefully, hopefully, opened the envelope and discovered he had signed both photos to her.

I am no different than any other parent on the planet - perform a kindness for my child, and I am in your debt.

We gave the photos to her this morning, telling her this particular gift wasn’t really just from us, but from someone else very special. She opened the gift, immediately started to blush, and then looked at them again with her jaw slowly dropping. She started to say, over and over, “this is so COOL…” while I told her the story I’m telling you now. I’m thinking perhaps she forgave me some of the teasing I’ve done over the years…

I had offered to make a donation to any charity Mr. O’Loughlin might choose (I am somewhat uncomfortable asking “something for nothing”), and while there was no preference noted, a little research showed he has supported Donate Life, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of life-saving organs available for transplant. I hope he approves of this choice, and would suggest you take a look at their work should you be looking for an organization to support.

But I am in his debt. And yes, especially after seeing my daughter’s face this morning, he is indeed my hero.

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