June 1, 1999
The John D. Voelker Foundation
is pleased to announce its June 19, 1999 celebration that will
celebrate: 1. The Foundation's 10th Anniversary; 2. The 40th Anniversary
of the filming of Anatomy of A Murder. A reception will be held
at noon on Saturday, June 19, 1999 at the Historical Marquette
County Courthouse, 234 W. Baraga Street,
Marquette, MI 49881. Please R.S.V.P. to Richard Vander Veen, 616/897-4036,
or George Hyde at 906/228-5715.
John D. Voelker Foundation
John Voelker lived his
life as most of us wish we could -- on his own terms. He was a
renowned novelist and outdoor writer, an eminent member of the
bench and bar, and a skilled fly fisherman. Author of 11 books
and numerous stories including Anatomy of a Murder, a Michigan
Supreme Court Justice who wrote over 100 finely crafted opinions,
and self-proclaimed U.P. Cribbage Champ, John Voelker made many
contributions that live on today.
The Voelker Foundation
is a Michigan nonprofit corporation. founded in 1989, the Foundation
is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The Foundation's mission is
to pay tribute to John Voelker, the ideals for which he stood,
and the values that his life and writings exemplified. See our
website <www.voelkerfdn.org> Our first two initiatives are:
The Native American Scholarship
Program: John declared that the first thing we should do is establish
a Native American Scholarship. Why? Let em read my book!, he proclaimed,
pointing to Laughing Whitefish. That historical novel describes
a Chippewa woman's 19th century fight for justice -- all the way
to the Michigan Supreme Court. So, we republished Laughing Whitefish
in a limited edition of 300, each of which John signed. Foundation
Members who subscribed to the edition helped these Native Americans
attend law school:
|Years Voelker Scholar
||George Hyde Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa
||Thomas M. Cooley Marquette, MI
Chippewa Graduate cum laude
||Michelle Greendeer Oneida Triba
andWisconsin Ho-Chunk Wazijaci Nation
||U. of Wisconsin, Madison
||Brian Vigue Menominee Greenbay,
||U. of Wisconsin, Madison
||Alize Jo Schlecter Little Traverse
Band Petoskey, MI Odawa and Chippewa
||U. of Michigan
||JoAnn Miller Grand Traverse Band
Peshabestown, MI of Chippewa and Ottawa
||U. of Wisconsin, Madison
||Damian Fisher, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Saginaw Tribe of Chippewa
We are proud of these Voelker
scholars. Please help us further endow future scholarship awards.Years
Voelker Scholar Tribe Law School 1990-1994 George Hyde Sault Ste.
Marie Thomas M. Cooley Marquette, MI Chippewa Graduate cum laude
Robert Traver Fly Fishing Fiction Award:
The Robert Traver Fly Fishing
Fiction Award annually draws over 200 entries from across the country.
The Traver Award was presented to the writer whose piece meets
the criteria set by Nick Lyons and John Frey: A distinguished original
work of short fiction that embodies an implicit love of fly-fishing,
respect for the sport and the natural world in which it takes place,
and high literary values. The following stories have been published
in Fly Rod & Reel:
1994: Pete Fromm (Montana)
Home Before Dark.
1995: Don Thomas (Montana) Ephemerella.
1996: Harry Humes (Lehigh Valley, PA) Ghost Pain.
1997: Gary Whitehead (Teaneck, NJ) For Keeps.
1998: Seth Norman (San Francisco, CA) Edith's Rule.
We encourage writers from
around the globe to compete, honoring John's ability to put into
words thoughts that few fly fisherman can express. He could draw
word pictures of rising trout, the slash of a brookie to the fly
and the mystery of what trout fishing is all about. -- Dave Richey.
With help from the Frey Foundation, and, we hope, your support,
the Traver Awards permanent endowment will continue to grow.
Please consider a tax-deductible
contribution to the John D. Voelker Foundation, a Michigan non-profit,
tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) Foundation. Members receive a limited, signed
edition of John's Laughing Whitefish or Trout Madness. Both are
slipcased and will enhance your Robert Traver/John Voelker collection.
These rare books and copies of the Traver/Voelker videotape, ATrout
Madness are available from our website: <www.voelkerfdn.org>
1999 will be the 40th anniversary
of the historic filming of Anatomy of a Murder in Ishpeming, Mount
Shasta Lodge, the Marquette County Court House and Big Bay where
the murder took place.
of a Murder: Classic Movie
Great fame was achieved
for Ishpeming and surrounding when Otto Preminger came to the area
in 1959 and filmed this classic movie. Anatomy of a Murder earned
six Academy Award nominations. Produced in black and white, the
movie starred Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Eve Arden,
Joseph P. Welch, and Ben Gazarra. Duke Ellington's brilliant musical
score was written on location in Marquette; he appears in the movie
as "Pie Eye," playing at the Mt. Shasta Road House.
Anatomy of A Murder is
a riveting courtroom drama. The film pits humble Ishpeming lawyer
(Jimmy Stewart) against the hard-headed Lansing-based Assistant
Attorney General (George C. Scott - making his first movie appearance).
Emotions flare as jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazarra) pleads
innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife
(Lee Remick). Anatomy of a Murder is a cinematic masterpiece that
will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Two books capture the hard
work that went into the movie's 1959 filming: Anatomy of A Motion
Picture and Joan G. Hansen's Anatomy the Making of A Movie
When Anatomy of a Murder,
was published in 1958, John Voelker was 55 years old
Based on an actual murder
case Voelker defended and won in 1952, Anatomy of a Murder rapidly
achieved world wide fame.
Millions of copies were
sold after the Book of the Month Club selected Anatomy of a Murder
as its January 1958 selection. Characterized by the Chicago Sun-Times
as a "fascinating and astounding achievement," this book
established Voelker as an author of international stature.
In the July 30, 1967 Detroit
News Magazine Voelker wrote, "Anatomy of a Murder was my fourth
published book and my first novel. Before it I could keep my readers
in a broom closet; with it they and I moved to a stadium. Before
it I was an obscure middle-aged writer who precariously practiced
law for a living; with it I overnight became a certified sage,
an authentic tribal wise man, whose views were avidly sought and
raptly listened to on everything from international finance to
the efficacy of the Pill... Meanwhile the question of whether my
book was any good got lost in the shuffle..."
In 1983 the 25th Anniversary
Edition of Anatomy included an Introduction by Robert Traver, which
quotes his creative writing teacher "An ounce of authenticity
is worth a pound of windgassity." Traver continued, "I
longed to try my hand at telling about a criminal trial the way
it really was, and after my years of immersion, I felt equally
strong that a great part of the tension and the drama of any major
felony trial lay in its very understatement, its pent and stifled
quality, not in the usually portrayed shoutings and stompings and
assorted finger-waggings... So, I scribbled the winter away, doggedly
expunging all aforesaids, finally putting down my pen and taking
up my fly rod and bundling my story off to the New York publisher
of my last book. Then I folded my arms and impatiently awaited
his ecstatic response. One day it came, puzzlingly accompanied
by my manuscript ...I tried another New York House...but... the
rejection slip almost beat me back from the post office...Then...Sherman
Baker at the new New York House...St. Martin's grabbed it--and
doubtless saved me from a lifetime bondage of aforesaids.
After that things began
to happen at a furious pace... the very weekend Sherman Baker phoned
the book's acceptance, Governor G. Mennon Williams phoned his appointment
of me to sit on the Michigan Supreme Court. Then the Book-of-the-Month
Club nodded and beamed as the book soared off and got itself glued
to the best-seller lists. A grinning Johnny Carson mispronounced
my name on television. My split infinitives appeared in seventeen
languages. Elihu Winer made a play out of my story...
"Then Otto Preminger
and, it seemed, at least half of Hollywood descended upon the stone
courthouse in which I'd postured and pirouetted before so many
juries for so many years..."
of A Murder Cast Autographs Preserved
Foundation Board Member,
Anthony (Gigs) Gagliardi was the owner of the Roosevelt Night Club
in 1959 during the filming of Anatomy of a Murder. Scenes from
the movie take place in many familiar locations surrounding the
Ishpeming area. The cast visited the Roosevelt for Gigs famous
dinners and hospitality. Late one night after filming, every member
of the Anatomy cast signed the Roosevelt's wall. The autographed
wall has now been preserved by Gigs Gagliardi and Globe Printing.