Yesterday I wrote two articles for our local newspaper, today I have two more in rough draft form. I am determined to get at least seven done out of the eight that I have planned. Some of these articles are writing themselves and as if there is an outside force propelling me on. That is a good feeling. I also did an interview of two educational administrators eleven years ago and I am using the text of what I videotaped to put together two articles about two very different people who worked alongside each other for a time. They were very charming in their own way, one was the consummate extrovert, the other a studious but friendly gentleman. I met the latter’s son this past summer and he reminded me of the extrovert, so different from his father was he.
We are making our final plans to see family members while our days are waning in sunny Arizona. We saw “Unbroken” last night and it was in a BIG theater with lots of people in attendance. People clapped at the end out of a sense of relief. We had all witnessed some frightful things about what the cruelties of war does to people. Hate was personified in the Japanese prison guard called “The Bird.” He seemed to enjoy his torture of the hero in the story who after he was freed at the war’s end went back to Japan to try and find all those who were part of the prison system he was under. He met with all of them and gave them forgiveness but the person known as the Bird would not meet with Louie Z. He did not want to be broken down by his forgiveness, who knows whatever happened to him. Louie Z. died in his 90s but not before he returned to run with the Olympic flame in Japan which was a high point for him.
What a story of perseverance and eventual faith. Louie went back to his Italian family in the U.S. after two years in the Japanese prison system. He eventually got married but he still suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome after what he had been through. He was into drugs and alcohol until he went to a Billy Graham crusade. The American pilot named Phil who had been in the life raft with him for over 45 days on the Pacific Ocean also survived the prisons in Japan. He was a Christian and perhaps had some earlier impact on Louie. His family were religious but he would have none of that until he heard the message about Jesus. I’m glad that the movie portrayed that part of his story of what he went through but they only captured a part of it. My husband read the book and he claimed that it was much more about his return to civilian life and how he coped and changed for the good. The life leading up to his days on the ocean and then two years of capture is just a small part of the whole, real life story.
I suppose Hollywood can only document so much in two hours of what was in the true story that Laura Hildebrand had written about Louie Zamparini (sp). I am glad that it was aired because watching about 20 minutes of previews showed that there are soooooo many other movies that are not worthwhile to even see. In fact, some are downright evil and dangerous to young minds. Do people actually like going to these movies? Are there any good morals or inspiration to them? With the movie “Unbroken,” there was the inspiration to survive and then to forgive those who had persecuted.
It will be interesting to see the other reviews on this movie. This was only day two of it being out in the public. I hope there is a sequel that will show the rest of Louie’s life. He died just recently at the age of 90 or so. What a victor and he would give all the glory to Christ.