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STUNTS, STARS & LEGENDS - June 2016

Behind the Scene Story:
WARD BOND

Ward BondWardell Edwin Bond, was born 1903. He was a prolific American film character actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 films and the television series “Wagon Train”. He is remembered for his roles as Bert, the cop, in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) and “Captain Clayton in “The Searchers” (1956), among many others.
Bond was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, a small town located in the southwestern corner of the state near the Kansas and Colorado borders. The Bond family, John W., Mabel L., and sister Bernice, lived in Benkelman until 1919 when they moved to Denver. Ward graduated from East High School in Denver.
Bond attended the University of Southern California and played on the same team as future USC coach Jess Hill. AT 6’2” and 195 pounds, Bond was a starting lineman USC’s first national championship team in 1928.
Bond and John Wayne, who, as Marion Robert Morrison had played tackle for USC in 1926 before an injury ended his career, became lifelong friends and colleagues. Bond, Wayne and the entire Southern California team were hired to appear in “Salute” (1929), a football film starring George O’Brien, and appeared in many of John Ford’s films.

Stunts, Stars and Legends:
PAUL BAXLEY
Paul Baxley was born in Casper, Wyoming. He grew up in Los Angeles ... He was quarterback and track star at Eagle Rock High School. He was a marine, scout,and sniper in the 4th division during World War II. He received two purple hearts, a bronze star, and a letter of recommendation from the president of· the United States. He met one of the most succcessful stunt coordinators in the film business, Richard Talmadge in the late 1940s and was brought into the stunt community. By 1947, Paul was performing stunts in films such as ‘’Deep Valley’’, ‘’Pirates of Monterey’’, ‘’The Lady from Shanghai’’ and Comanche Territory.
He was also in ‘’The Crimson Pirate’’ starring Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat. He doubled for Alan Ladd, James Dean and Marlon Brando. It was while he was doubling for Brando in, ‘’The Ugly·- American’’ that he was almost run over by a runaway truck down a mountainside. In this stunt the disaster was so close to happening that the front left wheel of the truck actually took off his shoe as he frantically escaped to safety.

If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
email: johnhagner@hotmail.com
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org

John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
Mailing address: 50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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Utah Honor Flight
JOHN HAGNER
Several weeks ago I was visiting the V.A. Clinic where I live in Moab, Utah and mentioned that I was in the Navy from 1945-47. I was told about the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and they would like to submit my name. I told them that would be nice. I gave them information about my experiences, in particular going to the South Pole on Admiral Byrd’s Expedition in 1946-47 called, Operation High Jump.
A few weeks later, I received a phone call from Rhonda Withers of the Utah Honor Flight telling me that I was selected to be on that fiight to the Nation’s Capitol.
On May 12th, my daughter, Doricca Brewer was my Guardian for this trip ... we fiew from Salt Lake City to Baltimore/Washington airport.
When we landed we were greeted by members of the military and civilians, who applauded and shook our hands. There were 48 Veterans so honored of this venture.
We boarded a bus which took us to the Westin Hotel in Washington, D.C. where we were greeted by more people. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner there and turned in for the evening.
The next morning we had breakfast and boarded the bus to visit the War Memorials, which included World War II, Korean and Vietnam. After which, we went to Arlington National Cemetery. There we enjoyed watching the Changing of the Guard ... one of the highlights of our visit. Many Police Officers, Highway Patrolmen and members of the Military shook our hands and expressed their appreciation of our dedication to our country.
On our return to the hotel we attended a banquet in our honor and was presented with the Victory medal. The following morning, we boarded the bus and were driven to Fort McHenry where many visitors greeted us with open arms. Following that we were bussed to the Armory in Baltimore where throngs of people were there to applaud us. Then, we each received a book of America History and an American Flag.
This was one of the best, if not the best experiences of my life.
God Bless America.

 
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