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March 25, 2013

John Wayne had his way of restoring order


The Hollywood press corps said he was being recognized merely for playing John Wayne in all of his movies.

When he gave his touching farewell at the Oscars shortly before his death in 1979, some of those same writers lauded him as a Hollywood icon.

Asked for his personal definition of bravery, he responded: “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

I’ve always liked what he said to a mouthy villain in another of his movies: “Pilgrim, you're short on ears and long on mouth.”

He used a phrase in “The Cowboys” that probably gets used every day to motivate folks not to waste time: “We’re burnin’ daylight.”

Thanks, Duke … for all of it.


Keith Kappes is a columnist for the Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at

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