Reading Rainbow was one of my favorite shows growing up and I thought LeVar Burton was really cool. Then of course he went on to be Geordi Laforge on Star Trek the Next Generation - wearing that absurd banana-clip over his eyes for years. That was another favorite show of mine.
I recently added the mini-series Roots to my Netflix queue, having heard much about it over the years but having never read or seen it. I had NO idea LeVar was Kunte Kinte! So now I'm excitedly watching Roots and think I'll read the book next.