Posted by Dale Dassel from iax-minden-ppp0019.iamerica.net on July 08, 1998 at 19:15:51:
I read a letter by someone concerning the question:
Why do us Indiana Jones fans search the globe for the EXACT
gear used by Harrison Ford, why do we want to dress like him,
etc. etc. Well, to answer that question, we must go to the
core of what makes an Indy fan an Indy fan.
It is a fact that at the very heart and soul of Indiana Jones is a world of intrigue and discovery, adventure and
romance. It was a different world and a different time.
The 1920's and 30's were an era of true-life adventures and
earth-shattering discoveries. Those times are gone for good,
but live on in movies and books.
I think that some of us find more in common with the past than we do with the present, through fictional doors like
Indiana Jones and Zorro. I suspect, that in this modern era,
we would like to harken back to simpler times. Putting together
our Indiana Jones outfits, down to meticulous perfection, is
a way of manifesting our desire to connect with the past that
we never had, but hold so dear in our hearts.
True, we don't have to make them perfect, but some of us find authenticity more desirable than something slightly off.
I, for one, am not a perfectionist. I do try to get the real gear, to make it more authentic, but have gladly substituted close-seconds for the real thing, when it is either too high priced or near impossible to obtain. (i.e. the shirt,holster, gloves, and pants.)
Through the experiences of being an Indiana Jones fan,
and enjoying the stories which take place in his time, I have
come to discover many new things that I like: 30's and 40's
music and movies, the clothing styles and mannerisms, the
genuine quality of things and the way people cared. Everything
was simpler back then: life, love, happiness, and the true
pride of being an American. Those things are important to me,
and I hold them close to my heart.
Those things are the very reasons why people like us do
the things we do: travel to the ends of the earth, spend large
sums of money, pore over photographs and magazines, watch films
of the 1930's, and talk to people who actually lived through
those times, to learn how life was, and to try to make some
sort of connection with the past. All of that to hopefully
make ourselves into better people- and to live in the past
a bit. Basically, to enrich our lives, which is something that
doesn't often come out of our modern times. It is the life of
adventure that we all hope to live and learn from.
That is what Indiana Jones is all about.
To life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
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