John Wayne: Recording Artist

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Every 4th of July, the town I live in has a huge fireworks display.  A local radio station simultaneously broadcasts a collage of patriotic music and snippets of audio from famous American speeches and recordings.  Among those are John Wayne reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by an excerpt of Elvis Presley singing “An American […]

John Wayne and Fans….

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What does it mean to be a John Wayne fan? That thought raises in interesting question, do you have what it takes to be a fan? Now by no means am I talking about just the day to day life but do you try and challenge other friends with John Wayne trivia? Do you try […]

The Wit of John Wayne: “… I Seldom Lie”

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At first glance, the above quote from the Duke, as he is fondly called, appears to be a statement about honesty and credibility. The short remark was actually the last sentence of a longer quotation by the legendary actor describing how a man’s persona and moral fiber is molded by circumstances in life. To provide […]

The Duke-and-King Bond: Fact or Fiction?

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Stephen King’s 1974 horror classic Carrie described the attitude of the school’s assistant principal to be like John Wayne from the perspective of the gym teacher. No big deal. The Duke’s distinctive cinema demeanor became a trademark during the era of his epic Westerns. However, when three more novels in the 1990s also had allusions […]

Duke as a Cop?

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When we think of John Wayne what type of images come to mind? For some it may come as a western hero such as a sheriff or a cavalry officer. Still others may picture him as a military hero, perhaps as a General or Sargent Stryker. Still others may picture him as the lone gunfighter […]

Birthplace of an American Hero

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Picture with me if you will the year 1907, in a small rural farming town of Winterset Iowa. Forty Two minutes from the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa, the population of Winterset was at that time around 3,039 residents  in the town. But who would have ever guessed that the living legend larger than life […]

John Wayne Westerns: Crossovers from Cinema to Literature

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How witty would a man be if at least one book of quotes from him can be compiled? Extremely witty, many could guess. But then, how can globally renowned author Gore Vidal refer to such a clever man as “one powerful inarticulate brute of a man”? Of course Gore Vidal can always do that because […]

In Harm’s Way

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“We’re trying to determine how far it’s gone.”  The words of the radiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California must have sent chills down the spine of John Wayne as he prepared for another round of X-rays.  “Are you telling me I have cancer?” asked Wayne.  The radiologist’s simple, matter of fact response of […]

Whatever Happened To . . .

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I love that AMC shows John Wayne movies frequently.  With regular television now providing only crime shows, reality shows, or sitcoms that would’ve received an R rating a few years ago, it is nice to be able to go to a channel and find a classic from the Duke. The other day, I happened to […]

John Wayne – A True American

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President Ronald Reagan once said, “There is no one who more exemplifies the devotion to our country, its goodness, its industry, and its strengths than John Wayne.” This was evident in regards to an issue that was important to both President Reagan and Wayne – Communism. In the late 1940s, many Hollywood actors, writers and […]