John Wayne
Congressional Gold Medal
Awarded May 26th, 1979
John Wayne
(Big Jake)
1971
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Awarded June 9, 1980
Posthumously
          
This website is dedicated to the memory of the best actor I
have ever seen on the big screen - John "Duke" Wayne.

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Announcing the opening of a brand new website in honor of an American Legend "John Wayne".  This website will offer a full biography of our friend Duke Wayne.  It also has a timeline of his life from his birth in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1907 to his death in Newport Beach, California on June 11th, 1979.  It will give you a list of his entire filmography spanning nearly 50 years in motion pictures.  It will keep you informed on upcoming events across the globe.  It has an FAQ section, a Trivia section and up-to-date news on the happenings that are constanting taking place to honor Duke.  It will list every upcoming showing of one of his many movies on TCM, AMC and Encore Westerns channel.  And last but not least, for the first time ever, the Official John Wayne Message Board.  You can meet and talk to John Wayne fans worldwide.  The very first forum sponsored by Wayne Enterprises, Inc.
John Wayne Website Come and join fans from around the world:  Enter the main website here.
Community Board Registration Click on "Register" at the top of the page and fill in all the necessary information.
Community Board Login If you're already a member, simply login here.



On May 25th, 2007 the wife and I headed to Winterset, Iowa for the big birthday celebration.  We had three days of fun and entertainment.  When we first pulled into Winterset we went straight over the the Birthplace.  Neither one of us had ever been there before.  The first thing we saw was Melinda Munoz sitting on the front steps of the birthplace.  What a wonderful way to start off the weekend.  She was being interviewed by Channel 5, probably a Des Moines station.  We had just purchased tour tickets to take a walk through the original home where John Wayne (Marion Robert Morrison) was born on May 26th, 1907.



Melinda Munoz & Channel 5
Melinda Wayne
Birthplace Tour Ticker Signed by Melinda

I walked straight up to Melinda and introduced myself.  I told her I was a member of the largest John Wayne forum on the Internet,
and showed her our buttons, also that we were all hugh fans of her father and honored to be able to be here and help celebrate this occasion with his family, friends and thousands of other fans.  She graciously accepted the button and put it right on.  She also signed my tour ticket as you can see in the far right photo.  What a way to start the weekend.

The town was all decked out for the celebration, signs on all the lamp posts. Also outside the house and the gift shop were two more items of interest.  A local auto company bought one of the $10,000 saddles and donated it to the museum to be raffled off.  We just had to get a couple chances for that raffle.  Plus there was the most interesting vehicle I had ever seen.  The best part is it was a Chevy.  The van had been custom painted with various scenes from Duke's movies, from bumper to bumper.  What a sight...  now that's one hugh John Wayne fan.  Actually the van was donated from the estate of an anonymous John Wayne fan who lived in Arizona.   But here is the saddle and van.



John Wayne Collector's Edition Saddle
"The Legend" Custom painted van.

After that we walked around and met other fans.  We stopped by the gift shop and thought maybe I could just live there the rest of the weekend.  So many items and so little space in the back of the truck.  If you ever get to take the trip and visit Winterset the staff at the gift shop was the most helpful I've seen at any gift shop around.  After buying our booty, we took a trip around town, trying to get familiar with the surroundings. They are even selling the streetlight banners on the Birthplace Gift Shop website, for only $100.




City Banners
Food Vendors
Chuckwagon Supper

We eventually ended up out at the fairgrounds to take a look at where the concerts were being held.  Then we ran in to these hombres...



Cowboys from the Wild West Revue scheduled at both Saturday and Sunday concerts.




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