Have you ever watched the Tree House guy on the Animal planet channel? If not, your life is incomplete! There is not a more delightful, wacky and charming real person on TV. Pete, the originator of the Tree House show travels around the country building the most creative and beautiful tree houses you could imagine. It is hard to put into words the feeling that he invokes from his viewers and customers. He is a naturalist, an environmentalist, a humanist and an amazing designer. In the show, after he finds the trees “that talk to him”, he sits down for an hour and creates the most incredible tree houses you can imagine. He brings his crew in and in a relatively short period of time they recreate dreams for an awaiting customer. No doubt most of these creations are not in reach of us poorer folks but the emotion that he creates in his art is infectious!
On the other side of my two favorite media people is, believe it or not, Bill Maher. Many people do not have access to Bill because he is on HBO, and that costs more money to watch. Others do not watch him because of his sometimes foul language and irreverent behavior or disdain for religion, but I watch him because his guest are very intelligent people from all sides of the issues and he conducts very informative and honest interviews. The reason he is on HBO and not one of the major networks is because of this very fact; he speaks the truth! He was fired by ABC because he made comments about the 9/11 attack that offended some people. To paraphrase, he said the terrorists were very bad people but he could not say they were cowards since they gave their lives for their cause. Every week Bill comes on and says the things that no one else will say. He says things that many of us think but are afraid to admit to, let alone say out loud. Bill has become the conscience of our culture, sitting in the back of the room reminding us who we are and what is real and what is unreal.
In many ways Pete and Bill have the same goals in mind; they each want us to enjoy our lives and open our eyes to the beauty that is in this world. They want us to see what is possible if we are capable of dreaming of a better world. Pete, with the beauty of nature and the creativity he exudes, and Bill with his words on what we need to change to make this a better place for all of us to live peacefully, are both national treasures. Hats off to both these guys!