All University Club members and their guests are welcome!

Date:  Thursday, March 7th
Time:  11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location:  Presidents' Room

Cost:  Members: $15
Non-Members: $17

Reservations are required by Friday Noon March 1th

This program was planned for you by the University Women's Club

Featured Speaker is Owen Johnson
"Ernie Pyle Stories "

Owen Johnson

Topic: Ernie Pyle -Stories of and by this famous Hoosier WWII correspondent

Professor Johnson will give an overall biographical sketch on Ernie Pyle and talk about his importance in World War II. But mostly Prof. Johnson wants to talk about the war correspondents close connections to Indiana that is reflected in his columns, 1935-45.

Associate Professor of Journalism, Adjunct Associate Professor of History He served as director of IU's Russian & East European Institute, 1991-95. Johnson is one of the most knowledgeable people in the United States on Russian and East European mass media. He had written books on this topic has a couple and is in the process of writing two books on Ernie Pyle. The day after his talk to the University Women's Club he will leave a journey with IU journalism students traveling to England and France retracing the path World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle made so many years ago. While many Indiana University students will be hitting warm and sunny beaches for spring break, 30 journalism students will be retracing the steps of thousands of soldiers in Normandy, France, at the "Bloody Omaha" beach.

Following Ernie Pyle's Path

Ernie Pyle in the summer of 1942. Shortly after the invasion of North Africa, he boarded the British transport Rangitiki, part of a great convoy reinforcing the invading armies, and arrived at Oran, where this picture was taken.

More specifically, they'll be seeing where famed war correspondent and fellow Hoosier Ernie Pyle reported on the lives of those soldiers embroiled in World War II

Education: undergrad. Degree from Washington State University, 1968, M.A. at University of Michigan, 1970, Ph.D. at University of Michigan, 1978

Johnson's immediate research task is compiling the letters of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle into a book. His medium-term research task examines the relationship between news media and Slovak national development in the twentieth century. His longer-term research is writing a history of the Indiana Daily Student, leading eventually to a history of the college press in the United States.

Associate professor Owen V. Johnson, a scholar of Ernie Pyle's life and writing, wrote this essay detailing Pyle's life and times.

When I was a child, growing up in the state of Washington, Indiana came to mean two things: the Indy 500 and Ernie Pyle.

I found the 500 on the radio one Memorial Day. I discovered Ernie Pyle in my dad's wartime edition of Brave Men, a collection of Pyle's columns. Pyle died 10 months before I was born.

As I grew up and my hobby of journalism turned into a profession, the name Ernie Pyle came to mean someone who wrote exceptionally well. He epitomized for large numbers of people what good journalism was, even though most of his work consisted of columns of impression, interpretation and opinion.

Ernie Pyle, struck down by a sniper's bullet in 1945, would have been 100 years old, Aug. 3, 2000.

Remembering Ernie Pyle's IU Ties


Spinach Salad with Peaches and Pecans
Grilled Breast of Chicken with Sherried Mushrooms au jus
Penne Pasta Prima Vera
Brown Rice Pilaf, Asparagus * Mushrooms
Cheescake with Cherry Sauce

Luncheon Rolls and Butter
Beverage Service: carafes of Iced Tea, Iced Water and Coffee Carafe

ON LINE Registration for the Thursday, March 7th Luncheon

Cost: $15 for members and $17 for guests. If you make a reservation and do not attend and no cancellation was received by Friday Noon March 1th the University Club will bill you for the meal.

You may pre-pay by sending a check to the University Club or pay-at-the-door. Deadline for making a reservation is Friday Noon March 1th.


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