Recently, I found myself at loose ends, only to encounter the opening moments of John Wayne’s 1953 outing, “Hondo.”  Despite having grown up in a John Wayne-loving household, I had never really sat down to watch a Wayne film on purpose, the only exception being ‘The Conqueror,’ where Wayne played Genghis Khan.  (Some part of me just can’t resist that sort of train-wreck casting.)  Even though Hondo’s opening credits sequence looked like Little Debbie cakes, I was willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt due to positive reception by two notable (and unexpectedly similar) men:  Reverend Jesse Custer and Al Bundy.  Turns out it was a decent little movie, with some cool 3-D camera work and intriguingly homespun philosophy, and I’m happy to say that my imaginary friends the Preacher and the Shoe Man didn’t steer me wrong, leading to today’s 3-D query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) ain’t gonna hit ya, it ain’t gonna hit ya.  Like HELL it’s not, asking: What pop culture did you only try because of ANOTHER bit of pop culture, like Hondo?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


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