Thank you to our friend Bill Clevlen of Bill on the Road for this wonderful article featuring an interview with Brian Downes!
This delightful letter arrived recently at the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum:
Dear Ladies of the John Wayne Birthplace:
Our visit to the museum on August 7th was awesome! We were very impressed how well it was put together and we could have spent hours just taking it all in.
The town of Winterset seemed like a picture postcard and there is a tranquility that one cannot explain.
We want to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all the ladies on duty for your generous kindness and thoughtfulness. Thank you for everything.
We are enjoying our gift shop purchases and sharing with others how great your town is.
Capt. & Mrs. William Bovee, USMC, RET.
Just when we didn’t think it could get any better, we learned this week that actor Robert Carradine will be joining us for our 10th Anniversary John Wayne Birthday Celebration. Carradine, of course, starred as one of the young waddies who went up the trail with John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972). Among his countless other screen roles, he also appeared with his brothers David and Keith in The Long Riders, alongside Lee Marvin in The Big Red One and, so memorably, as geeky Lewis in Revenge of the Nerds. Robert’s father, John Carradine (pictured here with his son and John Wayne on the set of The Cowboys) famously shared the screen with Wayne in such classics as Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Shootist.