At one time, John and Pilar Wayne were the local celebrities of Newport Beach. They raised their children here and cruised the bay on their yacht, Wild Goose. His presence in Newport Beach was so commanding that in June 1979, the Orange County Board of Supervisors renamed the Orange County airport to John Wayne Airport, Orange County. We will celebrate him by watching Rio Bravo, a classic western film. Prior to the showing, there will be a brief talk about John and Pilar Wayne and their ties to Newport Beach, and even more interesting, his tie to Sherman Library & Gardens!
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