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[on his choice of 'Templar' as the surname for his detective "The Saint"] Ah, there came a truly romantic fetish. My first, even pre-adolescent, idols were the giants of the legends of chivalry. The Knights of the Round Table--the Chevalier Bayard, Roland and Oliver, D'Artagnan as interpreted by Douglas Fairbanks
. The age of the glorified goon had not yet dawned, thank Heavens, at least in time ...
Was a passenger on the Zeppelin "Hindenburg" in its inaugural year of 1936 (its disastrous fire was in 1937).