City, Arizona – Monday, March 17, 2014 – Sun Valley Lodge is hosting a free
presentation entitled “Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona” on
Thursday, March 27th at 10:30 AM.
The program will be presented by author Greg McNamee and is part of the
Lodge’s Discover Arizona series. The
series is made possible through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.
John Wayne was born in Iowa and
lived for most of his adult life in Los Angeles—or at least, he received his
mail there. In reality, he considered the desert to be his true home, and he
spent many years exploring, living, and investing in Arizona, where, at various
points, he produced his own films, raised cattle, operated a game ranch, and
was seemingly everywhere at once, turning up one day in Eagar, another in Casa
Grande, another in Tucson, still another in Kingman. More than thirty years
after his death, Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture.
In this talk, Gregory McNamee, who often writes about film and western history
alike for such publications as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The
Hollywood Reporter, looks at the Duke’s long career in Arizona.
Greg McNamee is a writer, editor,
photographer, and publishing consultant. He is the author of thirty books and
of more than three thousand articles and other publications. He is a
contributing editor to the Encyclopædia Britannica, a research fellow at the
Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and a lecturer in the Eller
School of Management, also at the University of Arizona.
a different aspect of Arizona history presented by an accomplished
speaker. Programs are scheduled for
every Thursday in March at 10:30 AM.
All of the programs are free and
open to the public. Sun Valley Lodge is
located at 12415 N. 103rd Avenue in Sun City. For more details please call 623-933-0137.
nonprofit organization and has been providing independent living, assisted
living, and skilled nursing care in Sun City, Arizona for over 40 years.