Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 24, 1976 · Page 17
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 17

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 24, 1976
Page 17
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Writer Who Got Late Start is Making Up for Lost Time Timei Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, March 24, 1976 17 I By Phil Thomas NEW YORK (AP)-Robert Newton Peck used to do a lot of his writing while riding on the train. He doesn't any more. Now he sits in the comfort of his home and writes his books "usually with two kids climbing all over me and a cat in my lap." Peck, who has written a number of books, among them the best-selling "A Day No Pigs Would Die" and his latest "Hang For Treason," explains with a smile, "I wrote an awful lot of stuff while commuting between Connecticut and New York City. While the other guys on the train were drinking, or sleeping, or reading, I was writing." The children who climb about as he puts in his three to four hours a day writing in longhand at his Darien home . are his 12-year-old son, Christopher Haven Peck — "Be sure to get his middle name in, that was papa's name" — and his 4-year-old daughter, Anne. P'e ck, a relaxed, easy-talking man who wears what appears Western-style clothing — boots, wide-brimmed hat, fur-lined coat — but which he insists is ''country," says his train-writing days came about as he rode to and from his job as a television commercial and ad j ingle writer. "But," says the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, "I was able to retire from that about a year and a half ago." Peck, who is 47, says he began, writing when he was 10 but "I didn't begin serious book writing until I was in my 40s." Since "A Day No Pigs NOTICE There will be an examination for Journeyman Plumbers held on Monday, March 29, 1976 at 1:00 P.M. in the Carroll Community Center, Carroll, Iowa. Anyone requiring any information about the examination should contact the Public Works Office in the Carroll Community Center, Carroll, Iowa. PLUMBER'S EXAMINATION BOARD ROBERT E. FRANK, CHAIRMAN Would Die" came out in 1973, Peck has written another eight books which range from poetry to children's books to novels about early American history. Many of them reflect his love of nature 'and of the land — he owns property in Vermont where he keeps large animals — while others, "Fawn" and "Hang For Treason," contain this deep interest as well as his preoccupation with the history of Fort Ticonderoga and its 1 role in the American Revolution. Peck, who grew up on a Vermont farm, leaving when he was 17 to join the army and serve in World War II, says, "I grew up within cannon shot of Fort Ticonderoga. I know every catfish pond and every deer run in that area. Why, the mud of Fort Ti is still between my toes. "You've got to write what you know about. I know .farming, Vermont and Fort Ti, and that's what I write about." In addition to writing books, Peck also likes to "get kids to read" and to teach creative writing. "What I do,"'he says, "is show up at a school riding a horse and sitting in a Western saddle. That immediately gets the kids' attention. Then I start telling them about nature and about books and in this way I hope to get them interested in reading." Peck says he recently finished teaching a creative writing course and plans to do it again this summer. "I call the course 'Pro-Creative Writing,' " he says with a grin. "A lot of creative writing courses are taught by people who cannot make a living at writing. This course is about how to make a living at it. "I emphasize what I call 'Tell-Show.' If you tell a story no one wants to read it, but if you show a story that is what the people want. It's pig simple. An example of telling ,is: The farmer loved his horse very much. But if you show it, it would be: Bending over, he picked up her massive hoof and cradled it between his hands as though it were a child." ' Peck doesn't talk about what he currently is working on, noting "I'm always writing a book." He admits, however, that he is putting the finishing touches on an operetta for children. "It's called 'The King of Kazoo,' and I wrote the book, the words and the music." 4-H News MAPLE RIVER - The Maple River Top Notchers had their regular meeting March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The 4-H pledge was led by Janet Schirck. The pledge of allegiance was by Martha Schirck. Roll call was answered by "something my mother likes to do." ' The camp and health clinics were discussed. An illustrated talk was by Martha Schirk on "Guides, for Weekly Cleaning of Your Room." The hostesses were Martha and Janet Schirck. JCPenney 20% Off Ladies'Shoes Sale 15.19 Reg. 18.99. Slingback sandal vyit.h leather uppers. In brown Sizes S(6-10), M(5-10). Sale 11.99 Reg: 14,99. Sporty slingback with soffurethane uppers and nylon tricot lining. Top colors, in sizes S(6-10), M(5-10), W(5-9) IT'S NEW Citizen Band Mobile Monitor 21.95 Now be informed of forthcoming highway conditions to make driving easier and more enjoyable. The mobile monitor attaches to sun visor easily in minutes. Has full 23 channel operation so you can be aware of traffic and road conditions. In high-impact case with on-off volume control, internal mount antenna. Battery operated. (Not included) Installation instruction and official CB 10 code included. JCPENNEY'S • Invites you to attend a coffee in honor of two employees who served the company for a total of 66 years. Coffee and cookies will be served from 2 till 4 Friday, March 26 in the shoe dept. Winifred Wille, readi-wear dept. salesperson, has been with the company for 34 yrs. Sue Morrison, ladies accessories and cash wrap, has served the company 32 yrs. Both Sue and Winnie will be looking forward to seeing you on Friday. 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