- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Honoring the Duke

John Wayne’s famous mug will turn up soon in your mailbox as the U.S. Postal Service unveils a commemorative stamp at his Iowa birthplace.

Mr. Wayne’s daughter, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, will be on hand for Saturday’s ceremony in Winterset, AP reports.

The John Wayne stamp is the 10th entry in the Legends of Hollywood stamp series.

“John Wayne played so many memorable characters over the years,” said Des Moines postal official Doug Morrow. “Courage, justice and rugged individualism — these are the iconic American traits that John Wayne brought to his roles and his life, which began right here in Winterset nearly 100 years ago.”

Phony farewells

Phil Collins is joking when he calls his latest concert trek the First Final Farewell Tour, a la Cher, Kiss and other false-alarm farewell-ers. But he really means it.

“It is the last tour,” the 53-year-old Mr. Collins told the New York Times syndicate. “I mean it without a doubt. I’ve made that quite clear in the tour program and in interviews, because no one can believe I’m stopping — ‘I know you won’t stop.’ But I’m saying that I will.

“I will continue to do the odd show,” he adds, “so I’m not stopping performing completely. I could probably do a big-band tour, because they’re like jazz festivals that last three weeks. I could see myself doing that.

“But in terms of packing the suitcase and all of that, there’ll certainly be no more rock-‘n’-roll tours.”

Honoring Dutch

A bevy of pols are going to watch one for the Gipper tonight in Georgetown.

Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, GOP strategist Grover Norquist, Sens. Chuck Hagel and Jeff Sessions and others are expected at the premiere of “In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed,” a documentary about the late president’s battle against communism. It’s being screened at Loews Georgetown cineplex.

The film, directed by Stephen K. Bannon, is based on Peter Schweizer’s book “Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism.”

Filching a Beatle

Pictures of former Beatle George Harrison were taken from his sister’s car while she was donating memorabilia to, of all places, the Clinton Presidential Library.

Lou Harrison said someone shattered a window of her car and stole a briefcase containing photos of her and her brother and the lyrics to a number of her late brother’s songs.

“[The items are] precious to me obviously because I don’t have my brother in person any more,” she told KTHV-TV of Little Rock, Ark.

Miss Harrison asked Beatles fans to help her recover the pictures. “Maybe they could keep an eye on the Internet,” she said, adding that she had decided to donate the items because she sees a connection between ex-President Bill Clinton and the Beatles.

“I feel that, really, Clinton is the Beatle president,” Miss Harrison said. “There’s not enough things to leave for my grandchildren. So I thought maybe if I could house them at the Clinton Library, where they could be on display, that all the Beatle people could enjoy seeing them.”

Marrying a Tiger

Islanders spotted Tiger Woods snorkeling off the coast of Barbados as rumors swirled that the golf phenom planned to marry Swedish model Elin Nordegren in a ceremony at a luxury resort this week.

The Barbados Daily Nation ran a front-page photograph of a yacht anchored off St. James that the newspaper said had the 24-year-old Miss Nordegren and guests aboard.

Oprah Winfrey and retired pro-b-baller Charles Barkley were on the list of guests attending the ceremony, according to one source.

A senior police official said it was no secret that the 28-year-old golfer was in the former British colony, but Barbadians apparently are protecting the privacy of their famous guest.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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