HISTORY PORN: Today in History … June 11 … John Wayne dies

The following event occurred on this day in history … June 11.  Today is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 203 days remaining until the end of the year.

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John Wayne dies

On this day in 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade.

The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star at Glendale High School, he attended the University of Southern California on a scholarship and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

After finding work as a movie studio laborer, Wayne befriended director John Ford, then a rising talent. His first acting jobs were bit parts in which he was credited as Duke Morrison, a childhood nickname derived from the name of his beloved pet dog.

Wayne’s first starring role came in 1930 with The Big Trail, a film directed by his college buddy Raoul Walsh. It was during this time that Marion Morrison became “John Wayne,” when director Walsh didn’t think Marion was a good name for an actor playing a tough western hero. Despite the lead actor’s new name, however, the movie flopped. Throughout the 1930s, Wayne made dozens of mediocre westerns, sometimes churning out two movies a week. In them, he played various rough-and-tumble characters and occasionally appeared as “Singing Sandy,” a musical cowpoke a la Roy Rogers.

In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough when his old friend John Ford cast him as Ringo Kid in the Oscar-winning Stagecoach. Wayne went on to play larger-than-life heroes in dozens of movies and came to symbolize a type of rugged, strong, straight-shooting American man. John Ford directed Wayne in some of his best-known films, including Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950),The Quiet Man (1952) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962).

Off-screen, Wayne came to be known for his conservative political views. He produced, directed and starred in The Alamo (1960) and The Green Berets (1968), both of which reflected his patriotic, conservative leanings. In 1969, he won an Oscar for his role as a drunken, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

Wayne’s last film was The Shootist (1976), in which he played a legendary gunslinger dying of cancer. The role had particular meaning, as the actor was fighting the disease in real life.

During four decades of acting, Wayne, with his trademark drawl and good looks, appeared in over 250 films. He was married three times and had seven children.

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"A Sig I am, a Sig I’ll be, a Sig through all eternity…"

I'm thinking about rushing EX for Spring 2014. Yes or no? Do you have to look like a frat bro to join a frat?
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Rushing Sigma Chi is one of the best decisions a guy could make. Reasons to join include:

  • Lifelong friendships. Brothers of our chapter form lifelong bonds with a diverse group of talented peers.
  • Social opportunities. We provide ample opportunities for socialization both within the Harvard community and with students from schools all across the Boston area.
  • Community service. Our chapter is dedicated to improving the surrounding community. We hold an annual community service drive called Derby Days that benefits theChildren’s Miracle Network. In addition, brothers volunteer at soup kitchens, help out at homeless shelters, run for charity in the Boston Marathon, and participate in Relay for Life.
  • International connections. Sigma Chi is an international fraternity, with more than 200 chapters across the United States and Canada.
  • Alumni network. Past brothers have gone on to become CEOs, distinguished professors, high-ranking government officials, reknowned doctors, and Hollywood actors. They will help guide you through college and beyond.

Brothers are judged and expected to live-up to the Jordan standard and we admit no man to membership who is not judged to be:

  • A man of good character
  • A student of fair ability
  • With ambitious purposes
  • A congenial disposition
  • Possessed of good morals
  • Having a high sense of honor and
  • A deep sense of personal responsibility

At Sigma Chi, brothers come from all across the globe and from all walks of life. For me, most importantly, we do not discriminate based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.

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