PRINT January 1993


ON THE ROAD to discover America, our hero makes a quick stop and disembarks from his vehicle, a turbo-charged bird of prey aptly named The Eagle—symbol of freedom as flight, and of flight as both sovereignty and exile. “One small step for man,” he says, looking at his boots, “one giant leap for mankind.” It’s his mystery that makes this character so recognizable: dressed in white, he’s the good sheriff, yet he’s also a masked man, never removing his motorcycle helmet, keeping its visor down. He’s the Michelin Man as a latter-day Lone Ranger—a man on the move, the man on the moon. He’s the ultimate Hell’s Angel, a model citizen of God’s country who roams half in hopes of finding a home in heaven’s kingdom on earth, half in fear of succumbing to the desolation in which the fallen land. He stays just long enough to survey this sublime silver frontier, in which he plants an American flag. And

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