Thats right. Admiring someone's talents and artistery is one way of looking at it.
Hence, which is why I said 'growing up' because when we're in our adolescent years when we comes to idolizing someone as kids and teens since most of us learn, grow, and change through the realms of insecurity and inadequacy. Idolizing someone while growing up is different from, lets say, trying to pretend to be someone else. In this case, it sort of establishes that sense of wanting to be a good person like your idol or feel appreciated in the same everyone else does towards that idol.
Ah! Yes! He played for the Leafs and it definitely was from the 70's although it was a tad bit before my time. I also realize that its the toronto maple leafs that he played for since it shows. silly me:o! I need to pay more attention to the pictures next time.
I've never idolized anyone at all, but I've had those I've particularly admired:
When I was really little it was Pinky Lee (anyone remember him? ) and Captain Kangaroo (who was just "so nice"). Oh - and Disney's Cinderella (particularly when she had the up-do and that ball-gown on. I had some real fierce admiration going at this stage.
A little later I admired Nat King Cole and Perry Como for both their "nice voices" but also because I thought they were good looking. And Abby Dalton on the Joey Bishop show, mostly for her up-do. (I apparently had a thing for hair in up-do's. )
Also, though, I really admired Anne Sullivan from the time I got the book "The Mircle Worker" from the Scholastic Book club. That one stuck to this day. I'd seen the movie, "Unsinkable Molly Brown" and admired Debbie Reynolds in it (both for the strength she showed but also for her up-do ). As an adult I watched that movie and was kind of horrified to think of how I'd admired her, in view of the fact that she got herself partly to where she did by finding the guy who could come up with some money. Oh well, I was a kid. I only noticed the part of the movie that came after they were wealthier and when the ship was eventually brought into it.
Later on, "That Girl" for her good flip; and, of course, anyone who ever had either a good flip or a good up-do.