JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1978 - HFSID 179317
JOHN WAYNE John Wayne signs a typed letter explaining his view on the Panama Canal. TLS: "John Wayne", ¾p, 7¼x10½. Beverly Hills, California, 1978 January 16. On letterhead imprinted "John Wayne" to Mrs. Robert P. McNamara, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.
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John Wayne signs a typed letter explaining his view on the Panama Canal.
TLS: "John Wayne", ¾p, 7¼x10½. Beverly Hills, California, 1978 January 16. On letterhead imprinted "John Wayne" to Mrs. Robert P. McNamara, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. Four months after the passage of the treaty ceding the Panama Canal back to Panama, the actor, who had been chastised for his support of the treaty, defends his stance. In full: "Since there has been so much hearsay instead of fact put into news print, people have been without factual guidance in forming their opinions regarding the Panama Canal. Because of this, I have been censored moderately by some and vociferously by others for my point of view. As a consequence, I have spent now over three months of intensive research on this subject without depending on the bias of either side in my guidance. Some of those results are included in this letter to Mr. Lofton of 'Battleline.' These are facts that can be proven. Also included is another page including some information taken from the Hollings report. I hope you will find this an adequate answer to your letter." Enclosures not present. Academy Award winning actor JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979), born Marion Michael Morrison, had appeared his final film, The Shootist, in which he ironically played an aging western gunslinger dying of cancer, in 1976, less than two years before he wrote this letter. One of Hollywood's few conservative voices (Ronald Reagan was another), Wayne had shocked the right wing that idolized him when he publicly supported President JIMMY CARTER's efforts to return control of the Panama Canal to Panama. Both before and after the passage of the Carter-Torrijos Treaty on September 7, 1977, Wayne was not only openly criticized by the Conservatives, but also received hate mail over his stance. Wayne defended his position through letters to the editors of major newspapers (he wrote a letter similar to this one to "The Washington Post" on October 25, 1977) and appearances on news programs. In November 1977, Wayne also wrote a scathing letter to Ronald Reagan, blistering him for a fund-raising letter that Wayne considered full of false statements about the Panama Canal Treaties. Wayne, as he mentions in this letter, had personally visited Panama - and not just on the trip he mentions here. He loved the country, returning there to fish nearly every year, and purchased the island of Taborcillo off Panama's coast for a retreat. Wayne, who was involved in a shrimp business in Panama, counted among his fishing and drinking buddies General OMAR TORRIJOS (1929-1981), the military ruler of Panama from 1968 until his death in 1981. The "Hollings" mentioned in this letter is Democratic South Carolina Senator ERNEST FREDERICK "FRITZ" HOLLINGS (born in 1922), who had traveled to South America and Panama and met with Carter on September 3, 1977, just four days before treaty was signed. The debate over the treaty had taken place in the U.S. Senate in August 1977, with South Carolina Senator STROM THURMOND presiding over the discussions. The complete text of the Carter-Torrijos Treaty can be viewed at www.pancanal.com/eng/history/index.html. Folds, not at signature. Slightly soiled. Fine condition.
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