There have been many safari inspirations for me, but the Tarzan movies were huge. The Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies are still vivid in my mind; I confess that I still watch them on late night TV. My brother and I had ceramic gorilla banks, and we would sit in front of the TV watching the Tarzan movies with our ape friends! I’m sure mom would have preferred that we were outside while tirelessly practicing our Tarzan calls.
I absorbed the Tarzan movies and books with glee, and they fueled my imagination and desire to go to Africa. I am sure that I have now seen all 52 Tarzan movies, and I am just as excited today as I was when I was five that number 53 isn’t that far away!