“In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. “I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally.
If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. “When the road looks rough ahead, remember the ‘Man upstairs’ and the word HOPE.
Wayne often placed his values on manhood, likely due to the tougher roles he played in his movies. An acclaimed actor and filmmaker, Wayne set the stage for the modern western film.
John Wayne often placed importance on the fact that a man is someone who sticks to his word no matter what, and yet lives peacefully when he can. That’s a philosophy that should be applied to all our lives.
US Navy Minesweeper converted into a yacht that Duke purchased surviving in 1962 to replace the smaller boat he owned a few years earlier, called the Nor wester. As his oldest living son, Patrick Wayne said Duke purchased the Wild Goose principally to make it easier to have fun with his family and friends.
“We had a lot of fun ,” Patrick recalled, “but it wasn’t big enough with our huge extended family, so eventually he decided to buy the Wild Goose.” The yacht has been described as “the central hub of JohnWayne’s voracious social life,” and that’s accurate. But in and around the Wayne family, memories of the boat and its numerous voyages, parties, cruises, and the important snapshots from Duke’s life that played out on it linger.
Min shall, in fact, points out that his primary role early in his tenure on the boat was to keep a watchful eye on the younger Wayne children. Indeed, Min shall is a veritable gold mine of Wild Goose memories, ranging from screening 16 mm versions of John Wayne films on board the ship to watching Duke get a thrill driving the small Boston Whaler ski boat that often came along on cruises, “even though he had a hard time bringing up alongside the Wild Goose, ” according to Min shall.
Of course, Duke occasionally conducted business meetings on the yacht, but more generally, he wove the boat into the fabric of all aspects of his life. Min shall says Duke took industry friends like actor Hugh O’Brien, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Jackie Gleason fishing every once in a while, and he let other buddies, including Sammy Davis Jr., charter the boat for Catalina cruises.
It was on board the boat that Duke took a three-week fishing trip to Canada and worked with journalist Wayne Warley on several chapters of his never-finished biography in the 1970s. Letters in the John Wayne Archives, and the memories of family and friends, indicate Duke often battled it out with the ship’s longest-serving skipper, a chain-smoking sea veteran named Pete Stein, in “an interplay,” as Min shall puts it, that might have made them seem like they were at odds.
When Duke was traveling for work, Stein would routinely write him letters, updating him on the boat’s condition and any issues as they arose. John Wayne appreciated that and, in fact, was so supportive of his crew that he became enraged in 1966 by a letter accusing Captain Stein of being unfit for duty by the owner of another yacht that had gotten into a minor collision with the Wild Goose in Catalina during a voyage in which Duke was not present.
Below: A famous 1887 photo by John C. H. Grab ill titled “The Cow Boy.” Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.
Don't worry about biting' off more'n you can chew; your mouth is probably a lot bigger'n you think. Telling' a man to git lost and main' him do it are two entirely different propositions.
If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back now and then to make sure it's still there with ya. Letting' the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than putting' it back.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket. You can't tell how good a man or a watermelon is 'til they get thumped.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn't it follow that cowboys would be deranged? Reportedly, this quote was an acting tip from John Wayne to fellow actor Michael Caine.
Jack Sorenson is a renowned Western artist, and the best -selling artist for Leaning' Tree, America's largest Western-themed greeting card company. He grew up on his father's dude ranch and movie set in Texas.
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