john hartford

a self-made banjo-player and river-boat captain from tennessee. look over
there for a picture. he gets extra points for looking and singing goofy, playing all three instruments (that is, fiddle, guitar and banjo), and having the best collection of derbies known to civilization. John Hartford passed away on June 4th, 2001. He'll be missed...

joshua slocum

a lesson in the hardcore at sea. read "Sailing Around the World Alone". he was the first person to sail around the world alone, around the turn of the century. incredible adventures on his trip (including bouts with the cannibals of Tierra del Fuego, in which he defeated them with carpet tacks). not to mention that he captained the Northern Light, a tall ship that still holds the record for rounding Cape Horn.

jamie zawinski

ahh, jwz. a lesson in the hardcore in comp. he wrote the initial Unix port of netscape, and his name can be found in all sorts of random places on the net.