Thursday, January 1, 2015
Bring On The Empty Horses
The Tournament of Roses Parade will be on TV today, broadcast from Pasadena, California. The Grand Marshall was named last May and I have a link to that announcement just here. It would have been Louis Zamperini. Louis Zamperini died in July of 2014, but they will still have as the theme of the parade, "Inspiring Stories" and the mascot of the University of Southern California, a horse called "Traveler" will walk riderless in the parade in honor of Louis Zamperini. You may read about it here. And we must not be sad about Louis Zamperini not being able to be the Grand Marshall for the parade today, as John Naber, his long-time friend and fellow Olympian has said, "He will have the best seat in the house." I agree! (Okay, technically, he said this about Mr. Zamperini seeing the movie, "Unbroken" but the same applies here, I think!)
One of the main things that I hope people will learn from reading about Louis Zamperini is his amazing ability to "roll with the punches", so to speak. His cheerful attitude and amiable nature is something that comes across in his writings and in his talks. He very much reminds me of one of my favorite authors, David Niven. And if you are reading this and thinking that this is disrespectful to Mr. Zamperini, please know that this is not my intention. I have written of my admiration for Louis Zamperini in several posts, but you might not know that I have read the books by the actor David Niven, "The Moon Is A Balloon" and "Bring On The Empty Horses", and believe that the two men have a lot in common. That last book, "Bring On The Empty Horses" was from a quote by the director Michal Curtiz and when in one of his movies,the riderless horses were to be brought forward into the shot, he yelled out, "Bring on the empty horses!" Michael Curtiz had a bit of a struggle with the English language, and David Niven found some of his sayings to be very amusing. I can just imagine Louis Zamperini laughing at some of his stories and jokes. I wonder if they ever met? It is possible. Louis was even in the movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1939 as an extra. Also, David Niven was a World War II vet, and being English, was one of the first from Hollywood to enlist. I think Louie would have believed him to be "a prince of a guy", just like I do!
Happy New Year to everyone! Laughter and joy to you all!