I was just watching the Horse Soldiers with John Wayne.
it's a so-so John Wayne movie, I like it because I've heard about
it since I was young. My father was a recruiter in Natchatoches, La
when that movie was made there in in the late 50's. Because he was
the highest ranked (only) federal official, he had to be there to supervise
the filming on federal land.
He got to meet John Wayne at the location, and my dad pointed out
that the fencing all had barbed wire, but barbed wire wasn't invented
until after the civil war. John Wayne said that 'people like you are
what make movies so expensive.' But they added split rails to all
the fencing. Some of it in the movie looks more like they just wired
some branches to the existing barbed wire to cover it up.
My dad did get to meet John Wayne again in town. He needed to buy
a present for a son or nephew and my dad took him to the store where
they sold model toys and helped him find what he needed.
He was a down to earth kind of guy, no entourage or assistants needed.
My parents lived there in Natchotoches to have a few of my siblings there,
then moved up to Newfoundland Canada to have a few more. It's really
beautiful there. If I was going to live in Louisiana I'd live in Lafayette
just to get a good lunch every day, or in New Orleans if I could get an
apartment in the quarter, but Natchotoches would be a good backup