John Wayne . . . doesn’t represent The American Man only because he was tall, rugged, straight-talking, confident and impatient. Or because the only person you could imagine having a beer with him might be General Patton. No, his real qualification, often overlooked, is that he understood that life is one long to-do list. That’s what American Men do. They live and die figuring out ways to cross items off. It’s their quintessential trait.
New York Daily News columnist David Hinckley has got it right on target as usual. Happy 100th birthday, John Wayne.