Iridescent Light
Jack Stangle
Ed Zern


My name is Jill and I am doing an important book report on Ed Zern. He was one of my father's favorite authors and I am doing this also as a tribute to my Dad.
Can you please help me with a couple of questions as I cannot find the information. Please, can you tell me if he was married & had children. Also, his birthdate and the date of his death?

He was such a colorful person and I want to include the private side of this fascinating American sportsman. This is very important to me and I am hoping to hear from you and I thank you in advance for your assistance.

--- Jill Hamilton

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Hi, Jill:

We spent too much time noodling around in Google trying to find out everything or anything about Ed Zern; where he was born, where he lives (or lived), where he died (or didn't die). Fat chance.

All that we found out was that there was or is a man, perhaps mythical, who perhaps lived, or didn't, as, perhaps, Ed Zern, and that he (most certainly) wrote or writes a helluva lot of books, articles, introductions, and opinions about fishing and hunting ... including but not limited to an article we quoted about kicking ducks, and, as reprinted by RALPH and hundreds if not thousands of others, a very funny review of Lady Chatterley's Lover, which, as you know, goes, in its entirety:

    Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion the book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's "Practical Gamekeeping."

We hope you will keep searching, and find out if Zern exists, existed, or will continue to exist, forever and ever (we hope --- we love him and his writing dearly).

We would also like for you to be sure that "Ed Zern" is not a pseudonym, invented by some stern if not serious writer, by the name of William Shakespeare, William Makepeace Thackeray, or William and Mary. Or Laurence Sterne.

--- Ed Zern

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I was looking up Jack Stangle on the computer & one of the items that came up was your site. It said Jack Stangle-WA gone crazy. Russ Locascio Betty Miles.

My name is Betty Miles & I lived with Stangle for over ten years.

Can you tell me what all this means? Do you have some article about Jack & I? I hope you can make some sense out of this listing for me. Thank you very much.

--- betty batchelor

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Hi, Betty:

Thanks for your concerned e-mail.

What you found was a letter --- from you to RALPH --- about a review of Northwest art called Iridescent Light. We published the original review four years ago at

We published your letter as written at

At the same time, we included two other letters (we often put all our letters in one folder). One was called "Washington Gone Crazy." It concerned the possible investigation of the Communications Workers of America by the anti-Communist Senator Pat McCarren in the 1950s.

The other was a query about a song from childhood called "Cho-Cho Please."

--- Lolita Lark

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