The legendary actor John Wayne, who came to Baytown in 1968 to star in “Hellfighters,” will be brought back to life by J. R. “Jack” Edmondson, a noted historian, re-enactor and author. Edmondson will perform Duke in the first person at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s 17th annual A Taste of History on Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m., at Baytown Christian Academy, 5555 N. Main St.
In both his writings and his “living history” presentations, Edmondson views himself in the role of historian as a storyteller. The retired history teacher has authored several books and over 50 magazine articles, most on aspects of Texas history. His book, “The Alamo Story — from Early History to Current Conflicts,” has been praised by reviewers as the “best” and “most readable” of all historical accounts devoted to the Texas shrine.