The Walt Disney television version of Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter, became a runaway hit in 1954 when an unknown actor named Fess Parker donned Crockett's trademark coonskin cap and played him on television. The show spawned several movies-and millions of coonskin caps-among them the 1960 epic The Alamo, starring Richard Nixon supporter John Wayne. Wayne even helped pay for the ad openly alluded to rumors that John F. Kennedy, Nixon's opponent in the presidential race, had a ghostwriter for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage : "There were no ghostwriters at the Alamo, on-ly men." But Wayne, who had died of lung cancer in 1979, must have spun in his grave when Paul Andrew Hutton's 1989 essay, "Davy Crockett : An Exposition of Hero Worship," was published. In it, Hutton argued that young men volunteering for the Vietnam War had been inspired by their twin heroes, John F. Kennedy and Davy Crockett. According to Hutton, when Kennedy "issued a clarion call to fight for freedom in a distant land."young men answered the call because "they knew full well what he was talking about, for they had been brought up on those same liberal values by Disney's Davy Crockett."