I was just flipping and see the movie Top Gun is playing. I think it made all the difference in the path my son took in life. He was always a procrastinator in school in early years. Oh they could give him any intellegence test and he would knock it's socks off. His mind does work different than most of ours. But anyway, because of his procrastination in early years... he was always getting lectures, scoldings etc. Yet, he was taking courses at Johns Hopkins college as an 8th grader in the summer under their gifted and talented program.. Then in 8th grade, the movie Top Gun came out. He saw that movie and said... I want to be a pilot. As an 8th grader he came home from the movie and composed a letter to the Navy. A colonel replied and told him what he had to do. Grades, extra curricular activities, sports, leadership etc. That day he decided to do it all. We no longer heard of missing homework. He played football, lacross, was the lead song and dance man in school plays, summer theater etc. I honestly think it was the impression this simple movie had made on him. His schedule was insane his last 3 years of highschool. He'd practice football, I'd carry him McD's for dinner and he'd work on a play until ten or eleven at night. Same deal in the spring. The Air Force Academy was recruiting him for lacrosse when they weren't really suppose to... but they talked to him. His grades, SAT's and all that stuff allowed him to pretty much choose where he wanted to go. He quit lacrosse in his junior year because his coach told him he wouldn't play if we went touring colleges instead of attending unauthorized practices during spring break. We toured all the biggies, Harvard, Tuffs, MIT, West POint, Va and Duke. He choose Air Force ROTC at Duke University to save me a lot of money. Plus, the Air Force Colonel that recruited him convinced him the air force was as close to civilian as you can get in the service. He was also offered a Navy scholarship but the Air Force offered him... whatever it cost to go to the school of your choice. He flunked the flight physical. You know.. all that refracting and depth perception etc. He was border line. They told him he could probably pass it the next time or two... but from experience they figured he'd never end up flying. Somewhere down the road he would fail again and not fly. BUT... the movie Top Gun sure did influence his path in life. He makes a very good living. He's back at Microsoft for his second tour. He's not flying.... but... he's got his head in the clouds because of a stupid movie with a pain in the *** actor. I find that an amazing story. A damn movie influences a kid with a brain I don't understand.