Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Favorite Fictional Character --- Zorro
Now I'm not going to talk about any other version of Zorro other than the Walt Disney version which aired from 1957-1959.
In this version Guy Williams played Don Diego de la Vega, a university student recalled from Spain back to Los Angeles by his father, who wanted his help in fighting the villainous Captain Enrique Sanchez Monastario. For reasons of his own, and unknown to his disappointed father, Diego felt that the only way he could effectively do that was by posing as a timid intellectual who doesn't have a backbone to speak of at all.
At night though he would dress up as Zorro, the masked righter of wrongs who will stop at nothing to protect those who need it the most. As Zorro he is fearless and oh so witty. What always amazed me, as a kid, was the brilliant use of the sword. He had such control and dexterity with it, that as a kid I wanted to take fencing lessons, but was never able to. Every time I pass by the fencing academy in town, I remember watching every episode of this show and it brings me back.
Zorro stands in that class of characters, along with Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, and Davy Crockett, who were the TV heroes of my childhood. They were men who fought for what they believed in and never let the bad guys win. They were who I looked up to as a kid and who I wanted to be when I grew up. I owe them all a thanks for helping me, even if in a minute way, become the man I am today.