March TypeRider

The March 2017 TypeRider is now available! Find out more about Patricia Myers who recently passed away with stories about the many facets of her writing life and photos of her wearing her wonderful hats. Betty Webb has a humorous account of one of her book tours, “Writer Abandoned at Truck Stop” and Glennis McNeal writes of turning her family story into a compelling memoir in “Kicking the journalism habit.” Plus find out more about the national NFPW convention and upcoming events.

Patricia Myers, long-time active APW member, passes away

Patricia Myers

Patricia Myers

Patricia Myers, long-time APW member, passed away on Thursday, February 2. Readers of the TypeRider will be familiar with her Paris Journal, reports from her summer months spent in the city she loved. She was a jazz aficionado and was involved in writing about it and letting people know about jazz events.

From her obituary at AZCentral.com, “Myers’ column, “RIFFS: News from Out and About,” won several Arizona Professional Writers Awards, as did many of her reviews. She also maintained what Goldenthal call the “bible” of listings of live jazz in Arizona.” She wrote that column for 45 years.

Patricia was active in APW, serving as president, winner of the Communicator of Achievement award and assisted with publicity.

A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in April. Donations can be made to the Patricia Myers Scholarship, payable to Young Sounds of Arizona (a 501c3 nonprofit organization), 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix, 85006, or by calling 602-254-8838.

February 2017 TypeRider is here!

The February 2017 issue of the TypeRider is here.  Learn more about the life of long-time member Marion Peddle who passed away December 25, 2016. In her column, Betty Webb shares that she finds it hard not to write. Do you relate? Read Marie Fasano’s write up of the January Rim Country District meeting; CPA John Wilson talked about the business side of professional writing. And catch up with members who have been busy speaking to the pubic.

Upcoming February APW events:

  • Feb. 14: Noon. APW Colorado River Chapter, Regular Monthly Luncheon.
  • Feb. 26: time, location TBD. APW Board Meeting. Info: westwoman@aol.com.

See the newsletter for other writing events and news.

Former 1979 APW President Jackie Cobbledick passed away

Jacqueline Cobbledick

Jacquelyn Cobbledick

Jacquelyn Staats Cobbledick, 91, journalist and former president of APW, died December 20, 2016 in Tucson. Born in 1925 in Wheeling, WV to Edna Morford Staats and Paul Staats, Jackie was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, William Gordon (Bill) Cobbledick. She is survived by sons, Daniel W. Cobbledick (Sheila Wilensky) and Keith G. Cobbledick, of Tucson, and daughter, Beth Kane, of Catalina. She is also survived by grandson, Fenix (aka Connor) Cobbledick, of Philadelphia, and brother-in-law, Dorn Cobbledick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Jackie and Bill met when she was nine and he was 10 in Russell Township, near Chagrin Falls, Ohio. An Ohio Wesleyan University journalism graduate, Jackie wrote ad copy for WREO radio in Ashtabula, Ohio, then was city editor for the Star Beacon newspaper in Ashtabula. In 1969 she moved to Tucson with her family, where she became associate director of the University of Arizona News Bureau. After earning her master’s in journalism, she was an assistant professor of journalism at the UA. She retired in 2008 from the Arizona Daily Star, where she served for years as a city editor. She couldn’t resist marking up almost every publication she read with a red pen! Jackie and Bill enjoyed camping and traveling all over the western U.S. She was well-known for her loving kindness and honesty. No one could ask for a better mom, and we will miss her very much.

No services were held.

A nice article appeared in the Arizona Daily Star about Jackie.

APW leader Marion Peddle passed away

Marion Peddle, a freelance writer and photographer who specialized in history and travel writing, died early Christmas morning, 2016, in Bremmerton,WA due to complications from hip surgery. She came to Arizona in 1970. A relative by marriage of Thelma Bonney Hal Towle, a  founding member of Arizona Press Women, Marion kept that heritage alive, serving as APW state president for three years and as communications contest chairman for eleven years. Her interest in preserving the state’s pioneer history found her serving nine years on the board of directors for Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum and the Pioneer Arizona Foundation. Marion retired from working in the communication field with the city of Phoenix. She has had her writing and photography published in such magazines as AAA Arizona Highroads.

The family plans services on Jan. 16, which would have been the 57th wedding anniversary of Marion and Bob Peddle, an Air Force veteran who died in 2006.

Daughter Anne Lange writes, ” We respectfully request that in lieu of flowers any memorial donations be made to the Arizona Press Women scholarship fund in her name.”

June Payne & Marion Peddle

June Payne & Marion Peddle

Recent photo of Marion

Recent photo of Marion

Cards can be mailed to APW treasurer, Beverly Konik, 4132 W. Kaler Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85051. She will pass the cards on to Marion’s daughter.

Her daughter, Anne Lange, asks those wishing to honor Marion’s memory, make a donation to the APW high school scholarship fund.

Please send any photos you have of Marion or memories to Lynda Exley for the next issue of the TypeRider.

January 2017 APW events

January APW events:

Jan. 10: Noon. APW Colorado River Chapter Regular Monthly Luncheon. Lisa’s Bistro, 1595 Mohave Drive, Bullhead City. Program: Writer’s Roundtable. The “roundtable” program will consist of questions and answers by attendees about writing and related matters. Questions should be submitted in writing to
the chairperson. Open to the public. Free to attend. Attendees order lunch from the menu with separate checks. Info and RSVP: Brenda Warneka.

January 15 – APW Board meeting in Tempe. Also, meeting of Central District. Watch for details.

First TypeRider of 2017 is here!

The January 2017 TypeRider is here. Registration is now open for the third Payson Book Festival. Read reports of recent meetings of the Colorado River and Rim Country District Chapters. Betty Webb, in her column, asks “What is a real writer?” See if you measure up! You’ll also find information on the 2017 NFPW convention in Alabama plus many other upcoming writing events.