Over the past 90 years, there have been four Americans that have written about hunting in Africa and influenced generations to go on safari.
The prose has declined with time. The market is getting smaller. The internet has destroyed periodicals. Your adventures and hunting reports are on AH for free without buying a rag or a book.
Perhaps I am wrong but I don't see any one individual who can currently fill the five slot.
I agree with this.
Kevin, I got to hand it to you and your thought-provoking questions and insights.
I consider Boddington the current, best "expert" on African hunting and truly admire him, even though I don't know him or even met him. I think he is a great resource for African hunters, but I don't think he will ever be renowned beyond the gun culture as the other's were.
Hemingway was a writer who may be beyond compare and was known (and still is) far beyond the gun-culture.
Perhaps, there is a younger person out there who is a master of written language and also has a PH license.
We'll see, but I doubt it.
50-60 years ago, there were several outdoorsmen who had household names like Fred Bear, Howard Hill, Lee Wulff, etc.
Also some other's who were better known for something else, but were still known as outdoorsmen like Curt Gowdy and Ted Williams.
Now, the average person on the street couldn't name one famous living hunter or fisherman.
Unfortunately, I believe the only thing that most Westerner's have in common now is the desire for material possessions (money, iPhones, nice cars, etc.)
Everyone now lives in their own little cult.
Currently, can you name:
- a famous daredevil? (like Evil Knievel)
- a famous racecar driver? (like Richard Petty)
- a famous sharp-shooter? (like Annie Oakley)
- a famous motorcycle rider? (like Bob Hannah)
- a famous solider? (like Alvin York)
- a famous architect? (like Frank Wright)
- a single astronaut?
- a single fighter pilot?
- the best guitar player?
It seems now, that as soon as someone becomes slightly famous in the outdoor world, it becomes all about sponsorships, product promotion, etc.