Much has been written since the death of Princess Diana about the burden of being a celebrity. Studies show that most Americans don't even want to be famous. The loss of personal freedom that celebrities must endure can be costly.

Singer Olivia Newton-John wanted to buy her husband a birthday present while she was visiting an old friend named Faye in Portland, Oregon. They went to the mall, knowing that if the famous singer were recognized things could get really hectic. Olivia said, "Don't worry, we'll deal with it if it happens." Sure enough, they were in a shop when they noticed two women eyeing them. One of the women said, "Go on, ask her." The other said, "No. You ask her." Finally one of them came forward. "Excuse me," she said to Olivia Newton-John's friend, "Isn't your name Faye? Weren't you in my class in grade school?"

It has been said that people today worship celebrities, but have few heroes.

A professor of classics at a major eastern university was teaching his students about the heroes of Greek legend. He tried without success to elicit their concept of a hero. Finally he resorted to asking if anyone could name a hero. Only one student, a girl, raised her hand. She replied, "Dustin Hoffman."

Well . . . Dustin Hoffman is one of the finest actors in Hollywood, but a hero? Who is your hero?