Re: We WILL go to the ends of the earth...

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Posted by Gary Adams from on July 12, 1998 at 23:28:32:

In Reply to: We WILL go to the ends of the earth... posted by Dale Dassel 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,

: Dale Dassel

I guess we do it because Indy is more real than Han Solo. A person such as Indy could exist (minus the spiritual mumbo jumbo).

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