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Duke_SC.jpg.55f7a920f0f63d65fbb2b1330a5eec81.jpgI found this untitled and undated picture of John Wayne as Santa Claus on Pinterest. I believe it was taken in the late 40s or 50s at a charity event, but apparently this isn't the only time "the Duke" donned the big red suit - or is it?

According to a 2013 article by Lindsay Knake, on Michigan’s, mlive.com, The Duke called Wally Bronner at what is now Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, in Frankenmuth, Michigan, on December 15, 1976, and ordered “…the biggest suit you got.” Wayne said he needed the suit for a film but his final film was "The Shootist," which was released that year and definitely didn’t have Santa in it. Another theory is he bought the Santa suit to wear on "The Tonight Show," starring Johnny Carson, but there is no record of him appearing on the show in 1976. According to the article, even Wayne’s family has no idea why he ordered the suit and it is still a mystery to this day. 

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Drosselmeyer

please post this in the cowboys Christmas gallery !

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16 minutes ago, Drosselmeyer said:

please post this in the cowboys Christmas gallery !

Sure thing! (How do I do that?)

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sorry - stole your pic - I added it - thanks!  

what a great find !

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3 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

sorry - stole your pic - I added it - thanks!  

what a great find !

You're welcome to it. I grew up clamming, crabbing and casting lines and pots over fishing skiffs and lobster boats but  my heroes have always been cowboys! 

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my grandfather used to take me out in his old Boston Whaler into the DE bay and drop crab pots and nets - then we would just lay in the boat and drift and fish for flounder - sometimes we would fish off the jetty there at Indian River too - he was an old seaman from WWII - merchant marine - he could read the ocean like nothing I have ever seen - that was a long time ago - miss those days . . .

He taught me how to clean squid (and get out that little cellophane part) and bait a hook and clean your catch - glad I can share that with my son now

anyway - guess what I found online ? -->

John-Wayne-in-a-Santa-Costume-Photo-Prin

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1 hour ago, Drosselmeyer said:

my grandfather used to take me out in his old Boston Whaler into the DE bay and drop crab pots and nets - then we would just lay in the boat and drift and fish for flounder

I hear you. I'm in horse country now and my daughter has been riding since she was 5, but I do miss the water. Loved Whalers! All my friend and I had was an old John Dory skiff with a mercury outboard - but we had some fun with it.

Duke pic you found must be from the same event. My father met him when he came back stateside from the Korean War. Duke was filming a movie on the Marine Corps base he was stationed on. Had his picture taken with him but he lost it long ago - would love to have it!

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3 hours ago, Black River Santa said:

My father met him when he came back stateside from the Korean War. Duke was filming a movie on the Marine Corps base he was stationed on. Had his picture taken with him but he lost it long ago - would love to have it!

Cool - hopefully it will be found in the family archives someday

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