The Empire of Spain and Craig VanderBright - football hero.
So, trwo years ago I went to the 50th class reunion of my old high school graduating class. It was great seeing old (old) faces, and catching up. Many of the attendees were classmates that, as a kid, I had never been in the same orbit as...that included the star quarterback of the football team - Craig VanderBright. Craig, in his salad-days was powerfully built, of supreme athletic prowess, a known Casanova, and a notorious bully.Craig was the terror and tormentor of underclassmen and classmates, alike. If he saw something he wanted, he merely took it, pencils, hats, jackets...girlfriends. In my mind I voted him "student most likely to be indicted by age thirty."Well, imagine my surprise, and unveiled delight, when, at the reunion, I saw Craig VanderBright, stooped, bald, fat, with the remnants of cake on his chin and most of a spilled drink down the front of his shabby shirt. As I got closer, I found that he was drunkenly lamenting his four bankruptcies, three failed marriages, and chronic toenail fungus.
I handed him a second piece of cake...extra frosting.As goes Craig VanderBright, so goes the Empire of Spain.
One has only to look at the Americas to see the VanderBright-like ruthlessness Spain used to build her Empire. And, one only has to look at the Spanish place names of the world to see the global reach of Spain at the height of her glory.Well by 1975, that was all pretty much over, and a paunchy, fat, and much divorced Spain was left among the former colonial football stars, with cake on her face.Today, the tatters of the flag of the Empire of Spain exist only in five, tiny, plazas de spberania (places of sovereignty) off the African coastline.As with Craig...how the mighty do fall.
That preamble, brings us to this installment's very cool helmet - a Spanish Legion M1 paratrooper's helmet from the period of the Ifni war of 1957-58, one of the last embers of a dying empire in the Sahara desert.