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Happy Birthday, Duke (100th Anniversary of John Wayne's Birth)
American Spectator ^ | 5/24/07 | Larry Thornberry

Posted on 05/27/2007 12:18:54 PM PDT by wagglebee

If the Duke had just taken better care of himself, like maybe not smoking four packs of cigarettes a day for decades, he would turn 100 on Saturday. For what he did both to entertain and to inspire us in his long movie career, he has certainly earned peaceful rest for Eternity. But we could sure use the old cowpoke today.

Marion Robert Morrison, who would later adopt the screen name John Wayne, entered this world at Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907. Who could have guessed that this child of the Midwest would become the nation's most popular actor, and perhaps the greatest explicator of America's best values? Values, which when we lived them, helped us defeat fascism, work our way out of the Great Depression, and build an economy and a way of life for the world to admire while remaining the strongest military power the world has ever seen.

Not too shabby for a country that began as an escape valve and dumping ground for a small band of cranky Puritans from England.

The Duke learned his craft in dozens of B westerns during the thirties. But after the success of Stagecoach in 1939, he was never far from number one in America's movie scorecard for the next three and a half decades. He was ranked in the top 10 box office attractions from 25 straight years. No other actor has come close to that.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: johnwayne
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Americans ever!
1 posted on 05/27/2007 12:18:56 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 05/27/2007 12:20:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I really miss that guy. He is the best, I am lucky to have seen his movies in my lifetime.He loved my country, my flag , our system of government and just plan Americans. He is up in Heaven looking down at us and saying what the heck happened down there!
3 posted on 05/27/2007 12:25:46 PM PDT by betsyross1776 (i)
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One of a kind, indeed. Right up there with baseball and apple pie, John Wayne.


4 posted on 05/27/2007 12:29:35 PM PDT by FReepapalooza
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If the Duke had just taken better care of himself, like maybe not smoking four packs of cigarettes a day for decades, he would turn 100 on Saturday.

What a disgustintg first line. I hope when Princess Di’s 100 comes around they say, “If the slut was not dating a muslim in Paris instead of watching her children, she may have made it to her 100th birthday.” UGH!!! I am usually not too hard on the media but they are bullies and a holes!!!


5 posted on 05/27/2007 12:31:48 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: betsyross1776

And it is possible to fly from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC and land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA — that is as patriotic as you can get!


6 posted on 05/27/2007 12:33:09 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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I agree, that statement had no place in the story.


7 posted on 05/27/2007 12:34:26 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It would be hard to find a better entertainment buy than some classic Duke such as: Red River, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon .... Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, Hondo, Rio Bravo, The Horse Soldiers, In Harm's Way, True Grit, The Cowboys, Rooster Cogburn, The Shootist, et al.

In 100 years, Americans will still be watching John Wayne movies from sea to shining sea.

"Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be."

~~~ John Wayne

8 posted on 05/27/2007 12:37:13 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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Happy Birthday to a great American...

Thank you Duke...

I still love your movies...

You were a REAL American.......


9 posted on 05/27/2007 1:00:29 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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Too bad the Duke isn’t around so he could knock the sh!t out of rosie,clintons,a.baldwin and the like.The good Lord don’t make many actors like him anymore.He lives on forever in memory.R.I.P. Duke.


10 posted on 05/27/2007 1:01:39 PM PDT by ohiobushman
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1839992/posts

11 posted on 05/27/2007 1:06:47 PM PDT by united1000
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He was one of the great actors of our time and a true inspiration to us all.

RIP, Duke. We miss you.
12 posted on 05/27/2007 1:28:36 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Put illegal immigrants on ICE)
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I read something once that claimed that the cancer that killed John Wayne was not from smoking but from resulting from his being downwind of some above-ground atomic testing (carried out in Nevada while he was in southern Utah filming a movie). I’m not sure if that is true.


13 posted on 05/27/2007 1:48:13 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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14 posted on 05/27/2007 1:59:08 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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I’m not sure, but I thought it was stomach and/or intestinal cancer that killed him.


15 posted on 05/27/2007 2:05:13 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It would be hard to find a better entertainment buy than some classic Duke such as: Red River, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon .... Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, Hondo, Rio Bravo, The Horse Soldiers, In Harm's Way, True Grit, The Cowboys, Rooster Cogburn, The Shootist, et al.

I know you copied/pasted the above, but I think it's great that your photo comes, I believe, from his greatest Western, "The Searchers"; not mentioned above.

16 posted on 05/27/2007 2:48:55 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Verginius Rufus

It was a movie he made about Ghengis Khan in the 1950s. It was filmed in Utah or some place like that near where the bomb. I understand quite a few who were involved with making that flick came down with cancer. But since actors in those days smoke liked chimneys (usually, unfiltered Camels or Luckies), and drank hard liquor like water, I don’t know if, statistically, it can be proven.


17 posted on 05/27/2007 3:54:16 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (Islam is a despotism so vile that it would warm the heart of Orwell's Big Brother)
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My high school alma mater's most famous grad (Glendale High School, CA).

As a teenager, we had family friends with a weekend home on ritzy and expensive Balboa Island, and they'd point out his "yacht"....huge, and I vaguely recall being told it was a refurbed/converted naval ship (PT boat, maybe?) of some sort.

18 posted on 05/27/2007 4:01:21 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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John Wayne’s yacht was originally built for Al Capone and it is VERY impressive:

http://www.1contemporary.com/americana.html


19 posted on 05/27/2007 4:11:06 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Good find!


20 posted on 05/28/2007 5:57:37 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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Island In The Sky
21 posted on 05/31/2007 10:47:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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