I'm one of the fortunate ones. I got to see Bob Hoover do amazing things with an airplane -- without its engines running -- before he retired from show performing. But he wasn't a showman. He was a test pilot.
The worst example of government stupidity was when the FAA tried to ground him because, I guess, of age. He could be a half-step into the next life, and he'd still be miles ahead of most pilots today.