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Whyren
May 14, 2007, 07:46 AM
John Wayne turns 100 this year and his birthtown of Winterset, IA is having a big celebration (http://johnwaynebirthplace.org/centennial/) Memorial Day weekend (which happens to be his birthday weekend) May 25-27.

Events include chuckwagon cookouts, John Wayne films on the big screen, a parade, concerts by cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey and Riders in the Sky (known for "Woody's Roundup" from Toy Story 2), Wild West Revue (think Buffalo Bill's Wild West show), trick horse riders, cavalry demonstrations, symposia with John Wayne costars, Cowboy Church service, Mercantile Emporium and groundbreaking for the new John Wayne Museum and Learning Center. From what I've heard, the groundbreaking isn't simply turning a shovel, but rather will be Ethan Wayne (his son) taking a bulldozer or wrecking ball to an old gas station!

aricher
May 14, 2007, 08:14 AM
I have a friend who grew up in Winterset. He said that town leaders discovered that they mistakenly named the wrong house as his childhood home. They now give tours of the wrong house when the actual house is a block or so away.

Dunno why but this was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this thread - John Wayne Wore a Dress (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0b56Ln63BA)

Whyren
May 14, 2007, 08:24 AM
I have a friend who grew up in Winterset. He said that town leaders discovered that they mistakenly named the wrong house as his childhood home. They now give tours of the wrong house when the actual house is a block or so away.

Interesting! Don't know that I've ever heard about that, but could be. Thought this celebration is worth mentioning seeing as how Newport Beach, CA had somewhat of a Centennial (though there's practically nothing left related to him). This small town, however, is having one (and there's gobs of memorabilia) and it's sounding fairly impressive.