Did you yell “Geronimo” when you flew off your garage roof wearing a towel substituting for a cape? On my way down, to introduce my face to the ground, I really didn’t think of the Apache warrior. I thought it was a cool thing to yell at the top of my lungs. I used to yell it a lot when I tried to fly. I think Geronimo’s reputation for bravery is the reason why generations of US soldiers – and small boys everywhere – have uttered his name when making their most daring jumps. For me it was just a cool thing to say on the way down.
I was a little disturbed that the name of Geronimo was attributed to Osama Bin Laden as a target name. What’s wrong with Pokemon, or Zero or Beck? I don’t know either. In his time, the defiant Apache leader was a thorn in the side of both the Mexican and US armies as he fought to protect his land, his people and their way of life.
Jeff Houser, the Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman says “Right now Native American children all over this country are facing the reality of having one of their most revered figures being connected to a terrorist and murderer of thousands of innocent Americans.”
I can understand their chagrin. Now, I’m going to look for a towel and try flying off the garage roof.
and so it goes…