For 35 years as Anaheim evolved from a farming community to a tourist mecca, Masao Fujishige tried to protect his way of life.
As the tall hotels and motels and restaurants grew around his family's 58-acre strawberry field only five blocks south of Disneyland, Fujishige borrowed to pay rising taxes and tried to fend off other pressures to sell.
"It's a rough world out there, and you have to hang tough," he said during last year's harvest.
Last week, Fujishige gave up the fight. Faced with worries about his health and a new City Council decision to condemn part of his farm to make way for a $200-million hotel-office-
condominium development, Fujishige went home last Wednesday evening and killed himself with a shotgun.
He left no note of explanation, but his wife, Carolyn, said he was "very despondent" over the condemnation battle with the city. "He's a person who worked all his life--very strong," she said. ". . . You have to work hard to hold onto it (the land)."