In years of ancient lore there existed only 4 television stations and no way to record anything, you had to know when your show was on and make sure you were in front of the TV for it.
A show played every Saturday afternoon called Creature Feature with some dressed up host with a huge facial scar and scary music telling macabre jokes that a 6-year-old is too young to understand. Nor did I care; I was there at 2:00 p.m. to see what monster movie they had on. One of my favorites was Gamera.
Gamera stars in a series of old 1960’s sci-fi Japanese monster movies where the acting was strange by American cultural standards and the English Is dubbed over the original Japanese and doesn’t match the mouths of the actors. Gamera itself was a giant monster turtle that fought other monsters while generally destroying Tokyo to save the world.
This turtle in the pond was the largest one there. He looked mean and green and the other turtles were nowhere near him. He was content to float in the green murky water and didn’t seem to be in a particular hurry to go anywhere for anything. All the while, I could see those large web claws on his front feet and his algae ridden scratched hard shell. This turtle had lived in the pond for some time. So, when I caught a glimpse of this tough guy I remembered Gamera the monster turtle and the name stuck.
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