Watching the interminable tryouts for "American Idol," in which 70,000 ambitious contestants showed up braving heat, cold, hunger and time and other scacrifices, made me pause to think about the tremendous drive for fame so many young Americans have. Those who lost and those who won cried equally hard. The winners, tears of extreme joy for a dream that might come true. The losers...tears of abject devastation at a cherished dream destroyed. Nasty Simon Crowell spoke about the relentless drive for fame (which he exploits to the fullest), pointing out the desperation to be famous most hapless auditioners displayed. What does it say about modern society that fame has become so valued? In this instance, why do they seek to become famous singers? I don't even think many of them are in it for the money. I think they crave recognition, attention, and adulation. But what do you folks suppose is driving these youngsters so hard to risk making utter fools of themselves in front of an entire nation just for a shot at fame as a singer?