Louie idolized Pete, who watched over him and their younger
sisters […] with paternal protectiveness. (1.1.24)
Pete is able to
utilize Louie's admiration of him to shape his brother from boy terror into boy
wonder, influencing him to join the track team.
After watching [Louie] from the Torrance High fence,
cheerleader Toots Bowersox needed only one word to describe him: "<em>Smoooooth.</em>"
skills don't just cause other runners to idolize him—girls admire him too. They
think he's a smooth as a Carlos
"There's the next mile champion," [Cunnigham]
said, leveling his eyes across the room. "When he concentrates on this
distance, he'll be unbeatable." (1.5.7)
Louie once idolized
Cunningham, but he gets to be so good that Cunningham starts admiring <em>him. </em>The student has
become the master.
The plane had saved him and all but one of his crew. He
would think of it as a dear friend. (2.10.25)
Super Manreally lives up to its name. It's
like the weird kid who suddenly becomes a hero at the end of the story (*cough*Neville Longbottom*cough*)
Garrett had spend much of his time mulling over [Louie's]
name on the wall, perhaps thinking that if this man had survived, so might he.
This is an instance
of admiration saving lives. Fred Garrett is kept in a cell that Louie was once
kept in, and Louie's true story of survival gives Garrett the strength to push
through what may be the most difficult time of his life.
From the moment that Watanabe locked eyes with Louie
Zamperini, and officer, a famous Olympian, and a man for whom defiance was
second nature, no man obsessed [Watanabe] more. (4.23.36)
Watanabe (a.k.a. the
Bird) experiences the dark side of admiration for Louie. Because he envies
Louie's strength and determination, Watanabe is determined to destroy it.
The Radio Tokyo men were back at Omori, smiling. Hat a
lovely voice Louie had, what a brilliant job he had done. (4.26.1)
While the propaganda
men at the radio admire Louie's speaking voice, this is because they believe
they can use it to spread whatever message they want to the people.
When the Zamperinis heard of it, they were upset: the race
was to be called the Louis S. Zamperini Memoria Mile. Out of respect for the
family, the name was changed to the Louis S. Zamperini Invitational, but that
did little to lift the spirits of those involved. (4.28.5)
Is naming a race
after Louie a sign of admiration, or is it merely exploiting his memory, the
way the Radio Tokyo men are doing?
With his Odyssean saga featured in newspapers, magazines,
and radio shows, [Louie] was a national sensation. (5.34.26)
While Louie deserves
all the accolades he gets, we'd argue that Pete, with Cecy patiently waiting
for him at home for years, is the true Odysseus of this tale.
Over the years, [Louie] received an absurd number of awards
and honors. (Epilogue.5)
So many people love
Louie that he has trouble finding enough time in his schedule to receive all
the awards and accolades. (If only Google Calendar was around then.) He even
carries the Olympic torch before five different games.