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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Quint, the USS Indianapolis, and the COVID vaccine

Random thought, as COVID takes a (hopefully) last-gasp spin, 90 % of the country waits for the vaccine, and lots of people return to normal in anticipation of an as-yet-not-widely distributed solution.

I am reminded of Quint's U.S.S. Indianapolis speech in Jaws. Towards the end, he describes being most frightened waiting for his turn to get onto the rescue craft. Which makes sense--he had survived five days and safety was in sight. One might have the same feeling now--having revamped life to avoid getting sick, the end is in sight and it is most scary waiting for your turn and not wanting to get sick (or worse) after muddling through for the past year. But many people and communities seem to take the opposite tack--showing no heightened fear while waiting and returning to normal ahead of actual safety.

Plus, Robert Shaw is great in the scene.


Posted by Howard Wasserman on February 10, 2021 at 10:36 AM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink


My father once told me the most scared he ever was in Vietnam was in the plane getting ready to take off and head home.

That said, I think comparing this pandemic stacks up to either event is a bit of a stretch. I mean, we're all going to get this eventually.

It makes sense to just accept the inevitability of it.

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Feb 10, 2021 2:28:52 PM

I thought of this scene when the vaccine came out.

Posted by: Gerard | Feb 10, 2021 11:16:21 AM

Classic scene. And your comment right true - it seems more difficult to handle the wait when the end is closer.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 10, 2021 10:50:37 AM

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