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John Farkis' Book: NOT THINKIN'... JUST REMEMBERIN'...

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:36 pm
by Doc
Didn't know where to post my question, but figured this is as good a spot as any.

I have been looking forward to reading Mustang's upcoming book about making our beloved "The Alamo" and would like to ask John (or anyone else
who might know) if there is a targeted publishing date. Having just revisited some of the threads about the production I was once again struck by the
information and details he has posted and can only imagine what he's saved for the book. So, once again Mustang, if I have to wait much longer I'll
have to enlist my grandson to read it to me as I sit drooling in a corner of the hospice. Anything new?

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 9:28 pm
by NefariousNed
It's high time we started a thread on this, Doc.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 9:43 pm
by Rick
I can tell you that the light at the end of the tunnel is huge and bright.

This book will blow you away.

I'd hate to be the guy who has to put the Index together.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:58 pm
by RLC-GTT
If you can imagine a book with research that follows every lead of every aspect of the movie, its planning, production, personnel, facts, legends, and problems, or if you can believe there is a person who could identify, track down and interview every participant, living or dead, and assemble this giant gigsaw puzzle into a book, then you can only slightly imagine how phenomenal, excellent -- and long -- this book will be. There isn't a person on this forum who will be able to resist reading every word, me included. ;)

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:00 pm
by RLC-GTT
Rick wrote:I'd hate to be the guy who has to put the Index together.

I'd hate to be the guy who has to carry the damn thing all over HHD in order to find John so he could sign it for me.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:41 am
by Doc
Guess I'll have to take better care of myself until I can finish memorizing every word. Of course, if Mustang requires an outsider to spell or fact check before publication, I'm his man. If I could express my anticipation for this work, I'd have to quote Turkey Creek Johnson (Buck Taylor) in Tombstone - "I ain't got the words".

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 7:27 pm
by RLC-GTT
Doc wrote:"I ain't got the words".

Thank goodness this isn't a problem for Mustang!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 4:09 pm
by Doc
I don't know, Rich. If he had a few less words we would be reading his book by now.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:07 pm
by RLC-GTT
Doc wrote:I don't know, Rich. If he had a few less words we would be reading his book by now.

Why Doc, "words are what men live by. Words they say and mean. You musta had a real careless upbringing." :lol:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 4:21 am
by Doc
????????? What film is that quote from?

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:02 am
by MartyB
Doc wrote:????????? What film is that quote from?


It was "The Comancheros".....

Jake Cutter (John Wayne)...said the line while debating with Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman) about justice, honor, and manhood.......


The scene...

Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter: Let him make a run for it, I'd say to myself.

Paul Regret: And then what would you say?

Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter: And then I'd say back to myself, you can't let him run. You swore an oath when they put that badge on you.

Paul Regret: And that's important to you?

Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter: I said I swore an oath.

Paul Regret: Words!

Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter: Mon-sewer, words are what men live by... words they say and mean...You must have had a real careless upbringing!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:13 pm
by Rick
RLC-GTT wrote:
Rick wrote:I'd hate to be the guy who has to put the Index together.

I'd hate to be the guy who has to carry the damn thing all over HHD in order to find John so he could sign it for me.

I know that for next HHD, when Mustang brings along 10,000 copies for his massive book-signing gigs, he's going to make Rich tote all 10,000 books from place to place. :o

Rich doesn't know this yet, so don't tell him.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:26 pm
by NefariousNed
Well, somebody had better hire a caisson for Rich to tote the books on, then. He can hitch it up like Hay-Soose, the good, honest mule.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 4:49 pm
by RLC-GTT
Seems like "Rich" is gonna be somewhere wholey other, come HHD next year. :lol:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:19 pm
by michaelalamo
I spoke with Mustang a few weeks back. He is wearin' out horses getting to to end of the book. He's pretty close...but this is going to be something spectacular.
He was telling me that it might be so big that it might just come out as an Ebook. So us "old dudes" don't break anything carrying it around . Right now there is no such Alamo book this BIG in the North American continent, although there have been reports of some in Europe. I just hope John doesn't have to cut anything out like Wyane had to with the Birthday Scene !!!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 5:29 pm
by RLC-GTT
There is a woman in Uvalde -- the wife of the man who is handling pasturage and hunting on the ranch for Jamie -- who was one of the children in the birthday party scene and she was able to point herself out to me when I showed her a few of the photos. She did not know that the scene had been put back in.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:49 pm
by NefariousNed
michaelalamo wrote:I spoke with Mustang a few weeks back. He is wearin' out horses getting to to end of the book. He's pretty close...but this is going to be something spectacular.
He was telling me that it might be so big that it might just come out as an Ebook. So us "old dudes" don't break anything carrying it around . Right now there is no such Alamo book this BIG in the North American continent, although there have been reports of some in Europe. I just hope John doesn't have to cut anything out like Wyane had to with the Birthday Scene !!!


Ebooks and Kindle are okay for folks who like newfangled reading technology. I am not one of them. I am a book collector. I collect. I want to hold the
precious tome in my two hands, personally inscribed by the author. A thing of beauty and wonder for both my nightstand and book shelf.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:34 pm
by MUSTANG
You all are putting an awful lot of pressure on me. I only hope the book is worthy of the anticipated praise. I should say, though, that a few folks have read various sections of this and are very complimentary so that makes me feel good. As to when it will be ready; unfortunately, every time I think I'm close, I undercover more to add. I recently interviewed both Ruben Padilla Jr. and Ruben Padilla III and now have to add their stories back in. And, they gave me yet another path to explore. So, you never know. I have been asked to hold off until next May to release it at the grand opening of the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa but I can't wait that long. All I can say is that it will be something later this year, God willing and the creek don't rise. And, nobody will be happier than Jean that this damn thing is finally finished!!!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:40 pm
by RLC-GTT
MUSTANG wrote:...a few folks have read various sections of this and are very complimentary so that makes me feel good.

How else are we gonna get free copies -- or sets! :lol:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:59 pm
by MUSTANG
Exactly!!!! Thanks for reminding me. LOL!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:05 am
by Rick
:? :o :?:
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Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:48 am
by TexianAtHeartII
MUSTANG wrote:You all are putting an awful lot of pressure on me. I only hope the book is worthy of the anticipated praise. I should say, though, that a few folks have read various sections of this and are very complimentary so that makes me feel good. As to when it will be ready; unfortunately, every time I think I'm close, I undercover more to add. I recently interviewed both Ruben Padilla Jr. and Ruben Padilla III and now have to add their stories back in. And, they gave me yet another path to explore. So, you never know. I have been asked to hold off until next May to release it at the grand opening of the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa but I can't wait that long. All I can say is that it will be something later this year, God willing and the creek don't rise. And, nobody will be happier than Jean that this damn thing is finally finished!!!


Well, John, if that's what's written, that's what's written. When it's time, it's time.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:55 am
by MUSTANG
TexianAtHeartII wrote:
Well, John, if that's what's written, that's what's written. When it's time, it's time.


I never noticed!!!! Westland. Shoot, I live in Brighton. And I ought to know. Only live forty miles apart.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 3:21 pm
by cc nolen
John, I haven't known you long, but I can tell by the way you jumped in and helped me with the Alamo Movie Knives...especially the knives John Wayne carried, this is your passion, and it will be outstanding!..........Now, when can I buy 1 or 3 or 10 ? :o
chris...

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 6:05 pm
by MUSTANG
Just wait for it, Chris. I'm wearing out horses trying to get it finished!! LOL!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 6:27 pm
by RLC-GTT
TexianAtHeartII wrote:
MUSTANG wrote:You all are putting an awful lot of pressure on me. I only hope the book is worthy of the anticipated praise. I should say, though, that a few folks have read various sections of this and are very complimentary so that makes me feel good. As to when it will be ready; unfortunately, every time I think I'm close, I undercover more to add. I recently interviewed both Ruben Padilla Jr. and Ruben Padilla III and now have to add their stories back in. And, they gave me yet another path to explore. So, you never know. I have been asked to hold off until next May to release it at the grand opening of the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa but I can't wait that long. All I can say is that it will be something later this year, God willing and the creek don't rise. And, nobody will be happier than Jean that this damn thing is finally finished!!!


Well, John, if that's what's written, that's what's written. When it's time, it's time.

...Talkin' just makes it the harder... so stir up that mule!

(However, don't avoid words as much as Rick did in his post at the top of this page. :lol: )

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 6:30 pm
by RLC-GTT
MUSTANG wrote:Just wait for it, Chris. I'm wearing out horses trying to get it finished!! LOL!

...and we might make you LIMP soon, if ya don't apply the quirt!

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:18 pm
by Fargo Fenwyck
Let me see. I believe ANOTHER TRIO has formed up. I'm a few miles away from two of you guys. Seems we need to get together fro a drink or two or ten.
John I will contact you when I finish with my travels mid June. I plan on saddlin' up fer a visit.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 2:54 am
by Rick
(However, don't avoid words as much as Rick did in his post at the top of this page. :lol: )

I deleted my original post because it was a poor attempt at being witty. Had to leave something there, though (or the deletion wouldn't "take"), so I left the period at the end of the last sentence. Should've asked Ned to delete the whole thing for me.

Didn't post the photo, either. Never saw it before. Nice shot of Mr. and Mrs. Farkis, though.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 4:00 am
by RLC-GTT
Rick wrote:(However, don't avoid words as much as Rick did in his post at the top of this page. :lol: )

I deleted my original post because it was a poor attempt at being witty. Had to leave something there, though (or the deletion wouldn't "take"), so I left the period at the end of the last sentence. Should've asked Ned to delete the whole thing for me.

Didn't post the photo, either. Never saw it before. Nice shot of Mr. and Mrs. Farkis, though.

Sheesh! Ask a simple question and get a pageant! (Of course, I didn't really ASK a question.)

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 4:11 am
by MUSTANG
Ya doesn't has ta call me Mr. Farkis. You can call me .....forget it.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 1:52 pm
by Rick
RLC-GTT wrote:
Rick wrote:(However, don't avoid words as much as Rick did in his post at the top of this page. :lol: )

I deleted my original post because it was a poor attempt at being witty. Had to leave something there, though (or the deletion wouldn't "take"), so I left the period at the end of the last sentence. Should've asked Ned to delete the whole thing for me.

Didn't post the photo, either. Never saw it before. Nice shot of Mr. and Mrs. Farkis, though.

Sheesh! Ask a simple question and get a pageant! (Of course, I didn't really ASK a question.)

I like to hear a Texan laugh with a Pennsylvania accent. :)

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:17 pm
by RLC-GTT
Rick wrote:I like to hear a Texan laugh with a Pennsylvania accent. :)

Wait! Is that possible? Never occurred to me. :lol:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:35 pm
by Rick
The Great and Powerful Mustang has granted me permiso to post occasional teasers on the contents of his upcoming book.

Bear in mind that many of his early chapters are "building blocks," setting the stage for Wayne's eventual filming of his dream project.

These cover his life, political evolution and several of his early films. All chapters are thoroughly documented with sources. Here are a few chapter titles:

Forward (briefly takes us through the first day of shooting on The Alamo)

Beginnings

Political Reflections I

York, Brittles and Yorke (the Cavalry Trilogy)

Political Reflections II

The Not So Quiet Man (a movie some guy with an eyepatch filmed in a foreign country)

False Starts

"An RKO Radioactive Picture" (St. George, Utah)

"Let's Go Home, Debbie" (some Western the Eyepatch Guy filmed in 1955)

------

The book's title and cover art remain under wraps.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:32 am
by Seguin
The Great and Powerful Mustang has granted me permiso to post occasional teasers on the contents of his upcoming book.


Interesting sounding chapters! Any more chapter titles you can share?

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:44 am
by RLC-GTT
Seguin wrote:
The Great and Powerful Mustang has granted me permiso to post occasional teasers on the contents of his upcoming book.


Interesting sounding chapters! Any more chapter titles you can share?

Yeah, and slow down. Mustang's trying to keep up with copying down the titles so he can start writing the chapters! :lol:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 12:30 pm
by Fargo Fenwyck
This response comes from a guy who should have had a book out a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. :roll: :mrgreen:

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 4:59 pm
by Doc
Thanks to Mustang and Rick for providing those chapter titles. Please keep the teasers coming.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:53 pm
by RLC-GTT
Fargo Fenwyck wrote:This response comes from a guy who should have had a book out a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. :roll: :mrgreen:

But Fargo, I am a man of few words.

Re: John Farkis' New Book

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:57 pm
by Rick
RLC-GTT wrote:
Fargo Fenwyck wrote:This response comes from a guy who should have had a book out a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. :roll: :mrgreen:

But Fargo, I am a man of few words.

I've heard that. Never believed it, though. Just a vicious rumor, probably.