HORSE SOLDIERS

       HOW THREE 1958

           GRADUATES MET

             JOHN WAYNE

 

                          

The unknown people are college friends. Third from left is Linda Davidson (1958), JOHN WAYNE, Pat Farrow (1958), and extreme right is Ellen Baker (1958). John Wayne was in Natchitoches making the Horse Soldiers. This was my second night to visit with him. Lucked out the first night because I wasn’t sure the rumor that I’d heard was true much less that John Wayne would welcome our visit and spend a good hour with us. I was rooming with Peggy McMullin (1958)at the time. She had a cow when she found out what had happened. Raised cain to go the next night but was not around when we got ready to go. So she never got to meet J. W., but Ellen and Linda did. He was not only a true movie star but a caring and gracious man to spend time with a bunch of crazy college kids, talking more about us than himself.

 Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958  

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1959 GRADUATE MEETS JOHN WAYNE IN SANTA FE

                                                              

We lived in Santa Fe when John Wayne was making The Cowboys movie.  Ed had a physical therapy office and John Wayne hurt his shoulder during the filming.  Ed called me from his office and said, "Guess who is in the office".  Well, it was April Fool's Day so I thought he was teasing me so I hung up!  In a few moments later the phone rang and John Wayne was there....small talk to the Duke....hmmmm.   Ed actually took some of his equipment to the ranch where John Wayne was living and went by and treated him each afternoon, late.  The kids and I had a great time going out and visiting with him.  I baked him a birthday cake and one for his youngest son, also.  My dad was thrilled to have the time to just sit down after his treatment and visit with him.  He was huge and so very real.  He and Ed had a great time talking politics, etc.   It is too bad we didn't take any pictures. One of those unforgettable experiences.   Submitted by Camille Ivy Heller, Class of 1959

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 1952 GRADUATE MET JOHN WAYN IN BURBANK, CA

Hey... one more bit about John Wayne... I had my son, Mark, on May 24th, 1956 in Burbank, California... I think the hospital was called "Doctors Hospital"  Another lady had a little girl the day before I had Mark... it turned out to be Pilar Wayne, John Wayne's last wife.  He would come in to see her once or twice a day and I would watch him pass my door... there was no mistaking that John Wayne walk.  The nurses would get all-a-flutter when he came in... My room overlooked the gates to Disney's Studios and I watched the Mouseketeers get in a van every day... Annette Funicello was among them at that time. When I had one of my daughters, Mandy in March of 1953, I was in Los Angeles Hospital and Edward G. Robinson's son and his wife had a baby at the same time... I also got to see him and he and my mother became good friends standing at the nursery window .  One day he told my mother "They all look like me when they're born but thank God they outgrow it"... as you may remember he was NOT, NOT a good looking man!

Joan Wiley Luck, Class of 1952

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