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John Wayne Statue Added to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 4:12 PM

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma celebrated John Wayne's 100th Birthday by unveiling a bronze statue of the legendary actor who was best known for his portrayal of cowboys in movie Westerns. (I think it's safe to say there is no other actor that better personifies the Western genre than John Wayne)

According to an Associated Press story picked up by USA Today, John Wayne was a leader of the museum and served as a trustee from 1965 (when the museum opened) until his death in 1979. Two of Wayne's grandchildren were in attendance, as well:

"It's always an amazing thing for our family whenever we get to be out among his fans because he's almost been dead for 30 years, but there are 3-year-old children who come up to me and tell me how much they love him," [Anita LaCava] Swift said.

"It's just incredible. It was great to have an icon like that as your grandfather," [Nick] Kuhle said.

For the full story, click the Read link below. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's web site also has more information about the event in this press release.

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