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    • Well, my wife is a few years older than me (she's in the next age group :D ) but she's a huge John Wayne fan too. Must be one of the reasons we get along so well. My son who is now 12 is just getting introduced to Duke through a few of the movies we have, and my 4 year old daughter likes the movies 'cause of the horsies. Run in the blood. First Wayne movie I saw when I was about 10 or so was Rio Lobo on the late show. Saw The Shootist in the theater with my mom. cried at that one.

      My folks are Wayne fans too, but they grew up in the Roy Rogers era. Matter of fact, they just got back from the Roy Rogers Museum down on Branson. Can't wait to see the pics mom got.
    • Originally posted by dukefan1@May 26 2003, 11:44 PM
      You know, I am surprised to find some younger people on this and other boards who are great fans of Dukes. Some who were born after he died and still became fans. So this poll is just to see how wide a variety of ages (without having to give up the details) we have on this board. Might be interesting to see how many youngin's or senior fans are out there. (if I did this poll right, it's my first.)  Let's see!    dukefan1

      Hi.
      I'm a new registrant on the board, though a Wayne fan of some fifty years standing. I revered the Duke - though he wasn't aware of it, I "adopted" him as the father I never had (my parents were divorced when I was four or five years old) because his screen persona represented everything a boy wants a father to be, i.e., strength, dignity, courage and integrity.

      As everyone knows, Big John was also very patriotic and that too is a trait to be admired.

      I remember standing in a box office line to see the film "True Grit" (one of my favorite films of all time). I was amazed and rather amused to see that standing in that line with me were not only gray-headed oldsters (John's "base" fans), but also long-haired hippies, kids of all ages and everthing in between. The Duke's appeal was timeless; he appealed to everybody.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Hi all

      I was having a converstion with a 16 year old about movies and we got into discussing about 'The Great Escape' he said although the movie was good he would not watch it because it was old. I was amazed by this responce bull all of a sudden another boy aged 17 stated that he agreed the only old movies he would watch were John Waynes, I thought he was joking but he wasnt he then went on the say how much he loved John Waynes and his movies. At university last year we had a John Wayne night before we went out to a party we only got time to watch 'Rio Lobo' but it was well received even with females. One gentleman scoffed at Duke but he was a Clint fan we claimed that it was his age (21) and that older people prefer Clint. We were all 19-20, a load of my friends around the age of 18-22 would lend me Dukes movies or telephone me and others if his movies were on TV. In the year 1999 at high school we studied the 'Green Berets' and 'Born on the 4th of July' what a cool assignment to get as a student we also got to watch 'The Longest Day'. Well thats all I can say about people I have met that would be in my generation. Of course people will scoff and say these stories are lies but to them I would say come on over and see for yourself.


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      Robbie
    • Originally posted by Stumpy+Feb 10 2004, 12:52 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Stumpy @ Feb 10 2004, 12:52 PM)</div>
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      @May 26 2003, 11:44 PM
      You know, I am surprised to find some younger people on this and other boards who are great fans of Dukes. Some who were born after he died and still became fans. So this poll is just to see how wide a variety of ages (without having to give up the details) we have on this board. Might be interesting to see how many youngin's or senior fans are out there. (if I did this poll right, it's my first.)  Let's see!    dukefan1

      Hi.
      I'm a new registrant on the board, though a Wayne fan of some fifty years standing. I revered the Duke - though he wasn't aware of it, I "adopted" him as the father I never had (my parents were divorced when I was four or five years old) because his screen persona represented everything a boy wants a father to be, i.e., strength, dignity, courage and integrity.

      As everyone knows, Big John was also very patriotic and that too is a trait to be admired.

      I remember standing in a box office line to see the film "True Grit" (one of my favorite films of all time). I was amazed and rather amused to see that standing in that line with me were not only gray-headed oldsters (John's "base" fans), but also long-haired hippies, kids of all ages and everthing in between. The Duke's appeal was timeless; he appealed to everybody.[/b]

      Hello Stumpy,

      Welcome to the board, I'm glad you found us!!

      Yes, his appeal is huge, I think it's more now then ever before. I try to watch atleast one JW movies a week (making sure the kids are around :) )
      Kevin - Moderator/Administrator
      jwayne.com
    • It's amazing how I watch a John Wayne movie, and the young folks (age 13- 17 years) would watch it, and like it a lot. When they ask me what movie it was and who starred in it. I would tell them, "Rio Bravo", "The Searchers" or something like that, and starring John Wayne. They would be shocked! I thought he was bad or something. I like this movie. I hooked them. They would discover a new concept.

      Duke gets no respect from their parents. You figure.

      Cheers, Hondo B)


      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • Stumpy,

      I'd like to join Kevin in welcoming you to the John Wayne Message Board!

      Wow, a fan of 50 years!! I bet you have plenty to share around here, and I for one would encourage you to hang out and get to know us, and let us have the pleasure of getting to know you.

      Chester :newyear: (and the Mrs. :angel1: says "Hi! too)
    • Originally posted by chester7777@Feb 11 2004, 01:03 AM
      Stumpy,

      I'd like to join Kevin in welcoming you to the John Wayne Message Board!

      Wow, a fan of 50 years!!  I bet you have plenty to share around here, and I for one would encourage to hang out and get to know us, and let us have the pleasure of getting to know you.

      Chester :newyear: (and the Mrs. :angel1: says "Hi! too)

      Thanks for the welcoming messages, folks.

      Actually, I've been a fan of the Duke's even longer than fifty years. I'm 66 (born January 1938) and have been avidly watching Big John's movies since the Forties. In fact, some of my favorite Wayne films date from the Forties; "Shepherd of the Hills", "Reap the Wild Wind", "Flying Tigers", "Fighting Seabees", "Pittsburgh", "They Were Expendable", "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", "Three Godfathers", "Fort Apache", etc.

      I think I probably absorbed my devotion to the Duke from my Mom, who was also a big Wayne fan. I remember a humorous incident concerning my Mom and step-dad that occurred sometime in the late Forties or early Fifties. We had been to a drive-in to see one of the Duke's movies (might have been "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). On the way home, my Mom kept gushing about John and my step-dad, perhaps jealous, said, "Oh, I wish you had John Wayne stuck up your rear". My Mom, giving a little giggle and mischievously bouncing on the car seat, said, "Oh, me too". :lol:
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Stumpy,

      What a riot! :lol: That's just a gem. I laughed when I read that line. That has to be the best way to see a John Wayne classic at the drive-in. I saw only a couple, since I am in my forties and was a little lad when the drive-ins were fading out into the sunset, so to speak. But I always loved the westerns and Duke was one of them of course. I think the last movie I saw at the drive-in was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I saw True Grit at the walk-in.

      Stumpy welcome to the board, and thanks for the classic story of your family's experience to the great American drive-in. Look forward to many more stories of your Duke classics.

      Cheers, Hondo B)


      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • I was glad to find you all tonight. I started wathcing THe Dukes movies with my dad and when i go to visit him i still do. I am to young to have seen him in the theaters, but still hope to find a theater running some of his old movies.

      I watch atleast one John Wayne movie every week and more often than not, it is a family event for my wife and me with our four kids. I have a five year old that would rather watch a Duke western than cartoons. You couldn't ask for more.

      Stonewall_Steve
    • Stonewall Steve,

      A big welcome to the greatest message board for a great hero, John Wayne. I am so glad you found us, and look forward to many many posts from you. Invite your father to the board. We'd love to have him and he can read many of the great posts here. I take it that you are in your 20's or early 30's by the way you posted last.

      I hope that one day we can get a lot of Duke's pictures on the big screen for many to enjoy again and get those who were not around see the greatest actor on the screen.

      Cheers, Hondo B)


      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • Originally posted by Stonewall_Steve@Mar 16 2004, 09:31 PM
      I have a five year old that would rather watch a Duke western than cartoons. You couldn't ask for more.

      Steve,

      A big welcome to the John Wayne Message Board! We're always happy to have another Duke fan join the ranks.

      I can certainly relate to your warm feelings regarding having a child who loves John Wayne. I have an almost 8 year old who has been a cowboy always. When he was three, he would march around with his cowboy hat (an old Stetson I got at an auction) and announce, "I a cowboy! I John Wayne!" We still enjoy watching the Duke's movies together, and does he have a sharp eye. He recognizes actors from other movies with an almost uncanny accuracy.

      Get your wife to join in on the fun here. My wife and I have a great time reading and posting together.

      Don't be a stranger!! :lol:

      Chester :newyear:
    • "I see you are my cousin." :lol: That's worse than some of the dialogue in The Conqueror!!!

      I'm happy to see that we of the 31-40 age group are the majority in the poll so far (20 votes currently), and I think this may have something to do with the fact that many of us, whose grandfathers are WWII veterans--think of our grandfathers as having a John Wayne-like persona. My grandfather, who is 80, grew up in the South during the Great Depression and served in the US Navy during WWII. He experienced hardship and held many of the independent, individualistic values that the Duke believed in. There's a line in McClintock when Wayne's character says: "The government never gave anyone anything!" and from The Undefeated: "Well, I sure ain't gonna give 'em to the army!" (referring to horses). Whenever I hear those lines, I immediately think of my grandfather talking. It's right out of something he would say! Anyone else from the 31-40 age bracket have these same thoughts?
      "Day off?"
      "Off day."