Etcetera - 01/14/11

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Author Darryl G. Ponicsan has been telling stories for 40 years. Many may be familiar with his 1971 novel, "The Last Detail," which was parlayed into a 1973 movie that starred Jack Nicholson.

Darryl's 1973 novel and resulting screenplay, "Cinderella Liberty," starred James Caan. He wrote a number of screenplays, including "Taps," in 1981; "Vision Quest" in 1985; "Nuts" in 1987; "The Boost" in 1988; "School Ties" in 1992; "The Enemy Within" for HBO in 1992; and the CBS series "The Mississippi" in 1983.

Now in his early 70s, Darryl hasn't been kicking back. Among his most recent works are three novels written under the pseudonym Anne Argula: "Homicide My Own," New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2005; "Walla Walla Suite: A Room with No View," New York: Ballantine, 2007 and "Krapp's Last Cassette," Ballantine, 2009.

It was the second in the Argula series that caught my attention because of the reference to our town.

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Walla Walla area P.E.O. Reciprocity will host its Founders' Day luncheon at noon Feb. 5 at the Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road.

The luncheon pays tribute to the founders of P.E.O., an international philanthropic educational organization for women.

The meeting gives members in the area's nine chapters an opportunity to socialize, said Joyce Muzzall via e-mail.

Walla Walla has seven chapters and there is one each in Waitsburg and Dayton.

Open to the community, the event is also for P.E.O. members new to the area. Reservations, due by Jan. 28, may be made by calling Sandy Blackaby at 529-2261. Call Joyce at 529-8100 for other details about the group.

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Heather Campbell, a Rogers Adventist School seventh-grader in College Place who was featured in the Jan. 4 Etcetera column, won the Lions Club District-Level Peace Poster Contest, according to College Place Lions Club first vice president David Walk. Her poster previously aced the College Place club's poster competition.

Local members expected District 19-F Governor Erma Kemp to bring them that news when she joined the club for its Wednesday night meeting.

For more details about College Place Lions Club, call David at 200-1114.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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