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Bob Lind, Published April 21 2014

Neighbors: Remembering more major ND stars

Neighbors, in recently listing people from the Fargo-Moorhead region who made it big in the world of entertainment over the years, missed some major stars.

“You can’t forget Angie Dickinson, from Kulm, N.D.,” wrote John Donahue, Fargo. But yes we did, John, as Myron Finsterling also pointed out when he wrote, “You neglected Angie Dickinson. In today’s parlance, she was ‘hot.’ ”

Other emails about Angie came from Terry Olson and Fred Quam, both of Fargo.

Fred also mentions actress Virginia Bruce, who was born in Minneapolis but grew up in Fargo.

And here’s another show biz name, thanks to Doug Greenley, Moorhead, who writes, “Anyone who grew up in the 1300 block of 12th Street North, Fargo, in the 1950s would certainly remember Peter Schickele (a.k.a. PDQ Bach) and his brother David.

“Peter became a well-known composer and arranger and has returned to Fargo many times to play with the F-M Symphony,” Doug writes.

“David produced documentary films in San Francisco. Among his other activities (were serving) as an arranger for Joan Baez and ‘Sesame Street.’ He also toured with his own show (and) was a guest on the Johnny Carson ‘Tonight’ show.

“Peter had a great sense of humor which served him well in his professional life,” Doug writes. Under the PDQ Bach name, he directed and composed humorous takeoffs on classical music.

“Everyone in the neighborhood always had fun when Peter came out to play with the kids who lived in the block.

“The Schickeles left Fargo when Peter and David’s father took a position on the University of California-Berkeley faculty,” Doug says.

Finally, Donna Monteith, Grandin, N.D., writes that the column about regional entertainment stars missed the baby boomers, and lists these:

Sam Anderson, Wahpeton, N.D., who had a role in the “Forrest Gump” movie, a starring role in an episode on “Star Trek: the Next Generation,” recurring roles in several sit-coms and most recently played Bernard in the TV series “Lost.”

Harley Venton, who lived in several places, but attended high school in Jamestown. He, too, appeared in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” as well as in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” and has been on stage at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Tim Wead, who attended UND and whose father was president of the Trinity Bible Institute in Ellendale, N.D. Tim had the lead in a short film that won an Oscar many years ago, Donna says. She believes he currently travels around the country portraying the apostle Paul on his mission journeys.

Donna went to UND with all four of these men. “They’re not household names, but you’ve probably seen their work,” she says.

Any other area people who did well on the national entertainment scene you know of, neighbors?


If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com