Re: Who was Forrestal?

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Posted by Major Paul from on October 08, 1998 at 04:11:17:

In Reply to: Who was Forrestal? posted by graml on October 07, 1998 at 06:03:45:

: Hello fellow Indy fans:
: I have a question that has been eating at my mind since 1981.
: Who was Forrestal? Indy mentions him at the beginning of Raiders
: as being very good competitor. Why doesn't he show up in any of
: the novels? How good was he? He couldn't have been too good
: if he "cashed in" at the Golden Idol temple. (Indy made that journey
: through the temple look like a cake-walk). Any ideas on this guy
: Forrestal? Thanks for your time.
: -graml

: You know, you've raised a good question. I am somewhat amazed that there has been very little attention paid to this character when you consider the level of detail that is scrutinized on this forum. Forrestal was probably someone very much like Indy and Belloq. That the three of them were all seeking the Hovitos idol probably indicates the level of competition among the three. While it is true that Forrestal "cashed in his chips" for a free wooden spike acupuncture treatment through the head, we should also consider two factors about this man's abilities. One, he beat both Indy and Belloq to the cave. Had he not been impaled, he probably would have been laughing all the way to the bank. Two, Indy seems to regard him as a formidable adversary. Indy's comment that, "he was good...very good", lends credence to this theory. Beyond that, however, Forrestal is relegated to the bone heap of minor characters. -MP

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