Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 11, 2014

American Heroes~CLINT EASTWOOD (1930- )~by rldubour

Friday!!!,  time for another post of an American Hero, “Make my day!”




May thirty-first, nineteen-thirty,
He was born in San Francisco.
Was named Clinton Eastwood Jr.
More than the actor that we know.

Mom is Margaret, Dad is Senior
And with one sister they named Jean.
Born before the Great Depression
His family lived within their means.

While attending Oakland High School
His teacher put him in a play.
To help him overcome his shyness
Did not enjoy it to this day.

Was drafted into the Army
The year was nineteen-fifty-one.
Did basic training at Fort Ord
To Korea when he was done.

Clint flew home on a Navy plane
To visit parents and his girlfriend.
Rode on a bomber back to duty
One mile out this plane did descend.

Was forced to swim to save his life
Over one mile back to shore.
Because of this his orders changed
To be a swimming instructor.

At night he worked as a bouncer
Plus weekends at the NCO.
Was there he met David Janssen
Star of “The Fugitive” and “Harry O.”

He also met Martin Milner
Plus the actor Richard Long.
Clint was discharged in fifty-three
His thirst for acting now was strong.

Moved to Southern California
To attend L.A. City College.
Took business and drama courses
For experience and knowledge.

Married twice with seven children
Has five daughters and two sons.
Plus his only two grandchildren,
Eastwood jokes of this in fun.

Clint started his career in acting
His style earned him world wide fame.
A second career in directing
Receives greater critical acclaim.

On April eight in eighty-six
With double the voter turn out.
He won a landslide victory
Elected Mayor was no doubt.

A viable star for the eighties
These infamous words he did say.
In a speech President Reagan
Quoted his words, “Make my day.”


audiophile :’o -de-O-“fl
: a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction
(born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. on May 31, 1930
Born at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, California to Clinton Eastwood Sr. and Margaret Ruth Runner near the beginning of the Great Depression, which in turn left its mark on his later films. While attending Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, CA, one of his teachers assigned him a part in a play to try to get him to be less introverted. He did not enjoy the experience. Eastwood was drafted into the Army, apparently in 1951, during the Korean War. He was sent to Fort Ord on the Monterey Bay, California for basic training. He was supposed to be sent to Korea, but a trip home to Seattle to visit his parents and girlfriend changed that. Eastwood flew home on a Navy plane from Moffett Field, and rode a Navy torpedo bomber returning to duty. The plane developed engine trouble and was forced to make a water landing off San Francisco. . He was forced to swim over a mile through the tide to shore. Because of this, instead of being sent to Korea, he was assigned a job as a swimming instructor and remained at Ft. Ord. He worked nights and weekends as a bouncer at the NCO club. It was while on duty at Ft. Ord that Eastwood met fellow soldiers and future TV actors Martin Milner (“Route 66” and “Adam-12”), David Janssen (“The Fugitive” and “Harry O”), and Richard Long (“The Big Valley” and “77 Sunset Strip”). After his discharge in 1953, Eastwood moved to Southern California and attended Los Angeles City College, studying drama and business administration under the G.I. Bill.
He spent much of the decade in motion, an experience that would inform such movies as 1982’s Honkytonk Man, with its migrant, “Okie” families. From his working-class childhood and upbringing, Eastwood the artist drew upon a perspective that was often far more archetypically middle-American than those of other California-born actors and directors. Eastwood, who has been married twice, has five daughters and two sons by five different women: Kimber (born 1964), with Roxanne Tunis; Kyle (born in 1968) and Alison (born on May 22, 1972), with ex-wife Maggie Johnson; Scott (born March 21, 1986) and Kathryn (born February 2, 1988), with airline hostess Barrett Stone; Francesca Ruth (born August 7, 1993), with Frances Fisher, his co-star in Unforgiven; and Morgan (born December 12, 1996), with current wife Dina Ruiz. Clint Eastwood lived with actress Sondra Locke from 1976 to 1988. The relationship produced no children. Eastwood owns the exclusive Tehama Golf Club located in Carmel Valley within Monterey County. The invitation-only club reportedly has around 300 members and a joining price of $500,000. Clint Eastwood is also an audiophile, known for his love of jazz. He owns an extensive collection of LPs which he plays on a Rockport turntable. His interest in music was passed on to his son Kyle, now a jazz musician. Eastwood has developed directing as a second career, and has generally received greater critical acclaim for his directing than he ever did for his acting.
Eastwood made one successful foray into elected politics, becoming the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea (Carmel), California (population 4000), a wealthy small town and artist community on the Monterey Peninsula, for one term. Frustrated with what he perceived to be the bureaucracy in Carmel’s politics, he ran a last-minute, small scale campaign emphasizing better relations between the residential and business communities. On election day, April 8, 1986, with double the voter turnout, Eastwood garnered 72.5% of the vote and was elected to a position that paid $200 per month. During his tenure he tried to balance the rights of preservationists and develop the town for local business. Eastwood decided not to run for a second term due to the number of small scale decisions required of the mayor in such a small town.

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