So We All May Be Heard

Past President Was “Golden Age” Celebrity Interviewer

So We All Can Be Heard – Winter 2014

By Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, IWPA Historian

During Chicago’s “Golden Age of Radio,” Helen Stevens Fisher was a radio personality. Her best known character “The Little Lady of the House” was a feature on The National Farm and Home Hour, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture describes as “the […]

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High School Contest Flashback

So We All Can Be Heard – Summer 2013

By Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, IWPA Historian

In the beginning it was known as the “Editorial Writing Contest for High School Girls.” Earliest mention of the contest appeared in the September, 1972 edition of the IWPA newsletter, PenPoints. Back in the day, young ladies were presented with a sterling silver […]

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Now There Are Four

So We All Can Be Heard – Fall 2013
by Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas

Now there are four: Gladys Erickson – 1967, Joanne Zerkel – 1986, Olga Carlile – 1992, and myself, Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas – 2013. The histories of IWPA and NFPW will forever regard us on the impressive list of national winners of the highly respected Communicator of […]

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Mary Moncure Parker

So We All Can Be Heard 
By Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas

Mary Moncure Parker was a born entertainer. With a gift for writing humorist monologues she knew how to impersonate characters and read her stories with dramatic flair. In the multitude of show reviews written about Mary, the Chicago Tribune said, “She would make a great actress.”

In reality, […]

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Still Making a Difference…

So We All Can Be Heard – Summer 2014
By Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas

In 1986, Joanne Zerkel was honored by both the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women as their “Woman of Achievement” (now known as Communicator of Achievement). In response to her award Zerkel told attendees at the 1986 national conference […]

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