Professor Firstdraft’s GOODTIME SCRIPTORIUM

Dispatches from the far reaches of the WGF.

Dog Photo Day Afternoon:
Guild Presidents Pose with Pooch

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President Tunberg

From the Screen Writers Guild Records, courtesy of the WGAw.

A common pattern has emerged while scouring the archive’s photograph collection… this rather large St. Bernard appears alongside several of the Screen Writers Guild’s presidents from the 1940s and 1950s. Here we see Karl Tunberg (who served from 1950-1951), a writer whose long list of credits range from TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME (1941) and BEN-HUR (1959) to episodes of CANNON and CHiPs in the 1970s.

We have more of these incredible photographs to look forward to in Miranda Banks’ upcoming book, The Writers: A History of American Screen Writing and the Writers Guild, (Rutgers UP), set to be published in 2014, which explores both the individual and the collective work of American screenwriters and their trade union.