Rick Becker | July 26, 2016
The exuberant idealism of the Arthurian legends is hard to shake. It took hold in me when I saw Disney’s The Sword in the Stone as a child, which I reinforced with countless readings of the Golden Books version. The romance and adventure were in dramatic contrast to my suburban New Jersey upbringing, and I yearned for a quest the same as Arthur’s knights: a chance to do some good, to prove my mettle, to earn a coveted spot at the Round Table.
My daughter, Joan, caught the Arthur bug while growing up in South Bend, and it persists to this day. For her, the legends embody an eternal optimism — that “no ending is final,” as she says, and that “whatever is truly right can’t be conquered forever.”