The internet is a funny thing: I never thought I'd be defending John Denver. As I said earlier, I have never been much of a fan, but that doesn't take away the good things he accomplished. So thanks, Countingfish, I appreciate you putting the facts out there, as opposed to others who throw out trash talk just because they don't like someone.
Like all of us, John had good and bad traits. And who hasn't done some dumb crap in their lives? As for his accomplishments, they stand pretty tall, whether you like his music or not. In addition to all his record sales, giant fan base and multiple music awards he co-founded a renowned charity organization. Wish I could lay claim to any of those things.
Trash talking is easy, doing stuff well is hard.
And for the record, I never called him a role model (roll is what you do with a kayak), I just stated that he was good at what he did and "lived large", as in working at enjoying life.