THE DELECTABLE MR.HUGHES
A lot has been written and said about Howard Hughes. I dont need to go into details of his early
beginnings, his fabulous wealth,his legendary stable of beautiful women and his eventual disgraceful death. Everybody knows
Howard Hughes was an eccentric billionaire who died like a pauper- emaciated, unkempt and disoriented.
But to me, Howard
Hughes will always be that good-looking, tall, lanky man with a quiet unassuming manner and a killer smile. He was painfully
shy and he had this morbid fear of dying young like his parents did.He also was, at a young age, going deaf.It was genetic
and he was embarassed by it,tried to cover the fact that his hearing was disintegrating.
Before he became a certified weirdo
(afflicted with Obssessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD ), he was a celebrated director, businessman, inventor ,innovator and
aviator. Many of the features we see in modern aircraft came from the drawing board of Hughes's mind. He was ,in a way, what
we can call -The Father of Modern Commercial Air Travel.
The delectable Mr.Hughes was a physical reincarnation of my
ideal man- only as far as the eyes can see though. Seething inside him were varied phobias and emotional conflicts.Well, maybe
that could have appealed to me too. He was the epitome of the "Poor Little Rich Boy" complex or the "Little Lost Boy" syndrome.
I often think of him when I hear the old familiar song, "the daring young man of the flying trapeze"! And fly he did like
a bird with golden wings..In fact, I think Mr.Hughes was at his best when he was above the ground.Up there among the clouds
he was sort of like a czar, unconquerable, untouchable. Sadly, he didnt really have wings...
and eventually he must go
down to earth to join us mortals.
Having heard all the unmentionables didnt diminish him in my eyes...
wish I could have known how his lips tasted..but, then again, I am not his physical type....
Or should I say....his
type was unreachable..and even he (with all his wealth, power and beauty) failed to reach her...
Ah well, such is life....
is still and always will be the delectable Mr.Hughes to me!