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Monday, May 26, 2008 Cowboy Death

Memorial Day 2008 in Los Angeles dark clouds streaming in off the Pacific, driven by a cold wind, then some spotty sun, then more of the low clouds a day to stay home, but for all the old John Wayne war movies on television. You get that on Memorial Day.  He's always the stoic hero, as others die around him.  But of course Memorial Day is about those who died fighting the good fight.  And that's what those movies were about, after all how to die well.

It seemed best to visit the old cowboy, rather than watch him in flickering black-and-white win this war or that. It seemed best on a cold Memorial Day.

John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson (born Harry Shapiro in 1924 on the South Side of Chicago, and a good friend of Jackson Pollock) a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega (discussed previously in May 2005)

John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega - detail of base
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega - detail of base
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega - detail of base
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega
John Wayne, 1979, by Henry Andrew Jackson - a six ton, twenty-one feet high bronze at Wilshire and Le Cienega  - Detail

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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