Call Number: A.91-28
Title: Gene Telpner fonds.
Extent: 1.5 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Gene Telpner was entertainment editor, daily feature columnist, and chief critic of the Winnipeg Tribune until the paper ceased publication in August of 1980. Previously, he was a feature writer for the Omaha World Herald, writer for the Arthur Godfrey Show, and daily columnist, feature writer, and entertainment editor for the Winnipeg Free Press. In his youth, he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force serving overseas in Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Brazil, England, and North Africa. He was shot down over Germany in 1944 and held as a prisoner of war for thirteen months. Telpner studied journalism at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He won several awards including the National Newspaper Award and the Western Writers' Award and made several appearances on television. In private life, he was president and founder of the Variety Club, Manitoba Chapter, a fund-raising organization for children's charities.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Gene Telpner in 1991.
Scope and content: The fonds contains very little on Gene Telpner's personal life but does include an extensive collection of his columns and articles written for the Winnipeg Tribune.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Accruals: Further accruals are expected.
Finding aid: A preliminary inventory is available in the Archives reading room.