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By Amanda Pennington | February 21, 2007
John Wayne spent 50 of his 72 years making films that made "The Duke" a Hollywood legend. But when he was at home in Newport Beach, he was better known as Grandpa or Dad. And now the city he called home for two decades will celebrate his life as his 100th birthday approaches with Ten Decades of "The Duke": The Official John Wayne Centennial Celebration from April 21 to 28, in conjunction with the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's fitting it's in his hometown and it's associated with the film festival — those were two things that really made us want to do it," John Wayne's youngest son Ethan Wayne said.
NEWS
September 25, 2002
Deepa Bharath The Bay Shore Drive house the Duke called home for 16 years may be torn down within the next two weeks to make way for a new one, city officials said. The current owners of John Wayne's former French chateau-style waterfront home plan to demolish it to build their proposed two-story, 12,437-square-foot home, said Jay Elbettar, city building director. Owners Robert and Beverly Cohen submitted an application to city planners on July 25 requesting a building permit for the new single-family residence, he said.
FEATURES
By JOSEPH N. BELL | April 26, 2007
John Wayne Week at the Newport Beach Film Festival, combined with the invitation from the Pilot's editors to share Wayne remembrances, sent me to my files where very little digging turned up a mother lode of anecdotes accumulated in my research for a half a dozen profiles of him I wrote for national magazines during the 15 years Hollywood was my beat. Although my many hours of Wayne interview tape are spaced out over those years, the one that comes first to mind is the last conversation we had. It took place over a chess board on his beloved yacht, Wild Goose, during the final year of his life.
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By Jessie Brunner | April 11, 2007
On set, John Wayne may have been all business — and maybe even a bit short-tempered — but aboard his yacht, Wild Goose, he was always relaxed and pleasant, according to family lore. Such was the mood Tuesday aboard the vessel, where four generations of Wayne family members gathered with city officials and representatives of the Newport Beach Film Festival to formally kick off Ten Decades of "The Duke": The Official John Wayne Centennial Celebration, with events running April 21 through 28. "When you honor a gentleman like John Wayne, you want to go to a place that is very special to him, and there is nowhere as iconic as this yacht," said Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau President Gary Sherwin, who opened the event.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | October 25, 2013
In Newport Beach, where John Wayne was once so present, tiny bits of his legacy may be slipping away. The tennis club Wayne built for his wife has been renamed, and his house on the water has been razed and rebuilt. His boat, the Wild Goose, is still in town but no longer in the family's hands. Now, his namesake bar at the Balboa Bay Resort will soon bear a new name. Plans are underway for the restaurant and lounge, called Duke's Place, to be renamed, reimagined and redesigned.
NEWS
October 23, 2007
Long ago, in my mercurial role as part time banquet waiter at the Balboa Bay Club, I often spotted Joey Bishop and the “Duke,” John Wayne, when they appeared, as if by a sort of magic, imported from the silver screen, as waiters for our employee parties. In that role, they were just as mercurial in their own right, tight red-jacketed and tux-stripe pantsed, bar boy uniformed fixtures at our Christmas parties. They would chew up the scenery at the Main Hall, dressed in their monkey suits, drink trays aloft, serving us drinks just like real wannabe waiters (well, OK, Joey fulfilled all his duties, while Duke just knocked back at least several of our cocktails — whenever our backs were turned toward the stage, his tray got noticeably lighter)
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March 22, 2003
Cassady Jeremias Duke and Jane looked more like withered bags of skin and bones than 2-year-old purebred German shepherds when concerned residents brought them to the attention of the district attorney's office last August. Duke's condition was so bad that most of his hair had fallen out and he was 30 pounds underweight. A county German Shepherd Rescue group claims that both dogs were so neglected under the care of their Costa Mesa owner that their ribs and vertebrae showed through their bare skin.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | January 9, 2008
Every once in a while, a seemingly innocuous story in the back pages of a local newspaper can make the day for hungry columnists seeking a morsel and suddenly offered a feast. Last week two such seedlings landed in our laps, and I hasten to plant and water them herewith. The first appeared in the Los Angeles Times and concerned the pending homeless state of a 21-foot, six-ton bronze sculpture of John Wayne — forever known as The Duke — atop a horse. The second was a front-page story in the Pilot about a new cable TV reality show called — honestly — “Top This Party: Orange County.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | September 23, 2011
Taylor King is on the move again, and this time he's going overseas. The former Mater Dei High School basketball standout has decided to skip his final year of college eligibility and play professionally in Germany, according to his last college coach, Ken Ammann of Concordia University. “He got some good offers and so he decided to go travel,” Ammann said. “It's a good opportunity for him. I heard he got a deal in Germany and there were still more on the table. “I think he had to make a decision before school started and he decided to pursue that.” Ammann said he also believed that King would have had to earn some college units during the summer to remain academically eligible, but he didn't take those required classes.
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April 8, 2014
Allan J. Libby, also lovingly known as “Duke” passed away on Sunday March 30th at the age of 79 while on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Born and raised in Los Angeles, A.J. Duke Libby launched a thirty year career in international aviation activities in 1956 as a US Navy jet and helicopter pilot. After six years in the Navy, he returned to college and obtained his graduate degree in foreign trade. He then began a long career in aerospace as a production test pilot and sales engineer for several aircraft manufacturers.
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SPORTS
December 19, 2013
Newport Harbor High senior long snapper Colin Duffy will be a preferred walk-on football player at Duke University, said Sailors Coach Jeff Brinkley on Thursday. Duffy, considered one of the top high school long snappers in California, helped Newport Harbor (8-6, 3-2 in Sunset League) reach the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship game. The section finals appearance was the Sailors' first in eight years and eighth overall in Brinkley's 28 years at the school. Duffy, a 6-foot, 205-pounder, said he has a 4.6 grade-point average and he is expected to be a Newport Harbor valedictorian.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 25, 2013
A residence formerly owned by John Wayne in the Big Canyon area of Newport Beach is for sale for nearly $4 million. It underwent a major redesign recently, but several elements original to the time Wayne owned the property remained throughout the roughly 4,500-square-foot home, such as the dentil moldings in the high-ceilinged living room, the shelving in the former library and the door handles, plated in nickel silver, in the dining room....
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | October 25, 2013
In Newport Beach, where John Wayne was once so present, tiny bits of his legacy may be slipping away. The tennis club Wayne built for his wife has been renamed, and his house on the water has been razed and rebuilt. His boat, the Wild Goose, is still in town but no longer in the family's hands. Now, his namesake bar at the Balboa Bay Resort will soon bear a new name. Plans are underway for the restaurant and lounge, called Duke's Place, to be renamed, reimagined and redesigned.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 13, 2013
Daniel Schnyder spends nearly every day walking in Duke Ellington's footsteps. Literally. The Pacific Symphony's composer-in-residence, who will perform Thursday through Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, recently moved his family to Harlem to be close to Manhattan's cultural scene. He didn't have the funds for a spot downtown, but as it turned out, his affordable digs brought him face-to-face with musical history. One day, shortly after moving in, Schnyder was walking down the street and noticed a plaque outside a brownstone noting that Ellington, the prolific composer and bandleader, had once lived there.
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By B.W. Cook | March 9, 2012
They did it again. The stylish Beverly and Bob Cohen opened their art nouveau-inspired Bayshores estate last week on behalf of Childhelp donors and underwriters supporting the Childhelp 2012 Spring Fashion Luncheon and fundraiser. Dressed in a chic black cocktail frock, the petite Beverly, elevated by her five-inch patent leather heels, greeted the arriving crush with warm hugs and kisses at the main entrance of her home, once the property of Newport Beach resident and movie star legend John Wayne.
SPORTS
September 24, 2011
Taylor King is on the move again, and this time he's going overseas. The former Mater Dei High School basketball standout has decided to skip his final year of college eligibility and play professionally in Germany, according to his last college coach, Ken Ammann of Concordia University. "He got some good offers and so he decided to go travel," Ammann said. "It's a good opportunity for him. I heard he got a deal in Germany and there were still more on the table. "I think he had to make a decision before school started and he decided to pursue that.
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By Joe Haakenson | September 23, 2011
Taylor King is on the move again, and this time he's going overseas. The former Mater Dei High School basketball standout has decided to skip his final year of college eligibility and play professionally in Germany, according to his last college coach, Ken Ammann of Concordia University. “He got some good offers and so he decided to go travel,” Ammann said. “It's a good opportunity for him. I heard he got a deal in Germany and there were still more on the table. “I think he had to make a decision before school started and he decided to pursue that.” Ammann said he also believed that King would have had to earn some college units during the summer to remain academically eligible, but he didn't take those required classes.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 7, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — From the street it looks like a gallery of European fine art, but for the last few months it has been the unlikely home to a piece of surfing history. In this Cannery Village art conservation and restoration studio, Ardenia Capannelli has restored a painting on a board owned by Duke Kahanamoku, considered the father of modern surfing. Wedged between a painting of French lovers from the 1800s and a Raphael-style 1600s portrait of a noble woman, the 11-foot, 6-inch redwood and balsa wood board has been revived by a woman far removed from the board's Hawaiian roots.
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By Devin Ugland, Daily Pilot | October 23, 2010
Taylor King extended his long left arm, and snatched a rebound off the glass. He flicked a hard outlet pass to his point guard, and sprinted to fill the lane. He spotted up in a most familiar place, the three-point line. He put his hand up to let his teammates know he was open. King received the pass, sized up the shot, and let go of one of his smooth left-handed jump shots in the blink of an eye. The basketball ripped through the net with the sound that Nike made famous, 'Swoosh'. This practice wasn't with Duke University, of course, nor was it with Villanova.
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