Lucky Louie, that is his nickname. Louie Zamperini had his 96th birthday yesterday, Jan. 26, 2013. What a guy, what a story...I would walk past the most famous movie stars that you could name to shake this man's hand. The organist from my church told me this morning that Mr. Zamperini was in Atlanta this weekend, he was the featured speaker at a Presbyterian church today. I would have loved to have seen him! Never mind, I will try to tell as many people about him that I can. See the quote from James Bradley from the cover of the book above? A touching tale of the triumph of love indeed..
Laura Hillenbrand calls his story one of "survival, resilience and redemption." Very true.
I wrote a post last year in January about Mr. Zamperini and you may go to that post just
here. I first read "Devil At My Heels" in 2004 and have told anyone would listen to me that his is one of the most extraordinary stories I have ever read. Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken" has become a huge bestseller since it was published in November 2010. Since then, I saw a bit of this TV documentary about Mr. Zamperini when he and the other two survivors had crashed into the South Pacific and were adrift for 47 days. Yes, that is correct, for 47 days. If you are ever in a life and death situation such as this, my wish for you would be that you would have in your lifeboat someone like Louie Zamperini. Being adrift at sea was not even the worst for him. He spent two years in POW camps where he suffered terribly. After the war, he could not get over the demons of memory until he, at his wife's urging, attended a Billy Graham revival and completely turned his life around and went to Japan and FORGAVE his captors. Please, if you don't know anything else about me, know that Louis Zamperini has my utmost regard and respect.
There is a movie based upon Louie's story that will be made by Universal Studios and I have read that it is expected to be released in 2015. Of course, I will be very pleased when that movie comes out. I won't be able to shake Mr. Zamperini's hand today, but if someone happens to type his name into a search engine and lands on my blog, I hope they will read what I have to say about him and will be as inspired by him as I was and still am.