Blake Lundschen, former Yorktown resident during the 70s and 80s, is returning to Western Days, but not as a Lundschen. He is returning as “The Duke” during the Western Days Grand Parade on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Lundschen once met the 6 foot 2 inch actor John Wayne during the filming of ‘The Alamo.’
“I was 5 years old when my mother took me to Bracketville to see the filming of the final siege of ‘The Alamo.’ That was in 1959. Afterward, John Wayne came out to thank everyone who came to see the filming. He came to me, shook my hand and said, ‘Young man, I am really glad you came out to see the show.’ He was very polite.”
In 1960 Lundschen went to the movies with his mom to see ‘The Alamo.’ When Wayne appeared on screen Lundschen said, “Look mom! There’s that guy! There’s that man!”
Lundschen instantly became a fan. He watched every John Wayne movie like any other young boy.