Franz Weinschenk

Host, Valley Writers Read

Franz Weinschenk, his parents and his older brother Fritz were indeed lucky to get out of Germany just before World War II.  For a while they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Madera, CA.  He graduated from Madera High and Fresno State.  From 1948 to 1952 he taught at Edison High School in Fresno after which he was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. 

After being discharged, he started teaching speech and English at Fresno City College.  As the years passed, besides his teaching assignments, he was chosen to be the school's first yearbook adviser, their first debate coach, and the first Dean of the college's brand new Humanities Division, a job he held for 12 years.  He retired from working full-time in 1980, but to this day continues teaching at least one evening class.  From 1980 to 1988, he served as the director of the Volunteer Bureau of Fresno County.  Franz has three children and lives with his wife Sally. He enjoys power walking, swimming and biking.

This week on Valley Writers Read, Coarsegold author Evelyne Holingue reads her story titled "Welcome Home."  Living in the foothills presents many challenges, as Juliette and Natasha soon discover. Hear how a traffic accident takes a surprising turn for one foothill visitor. 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, C.B. Mosher reads his story, "Sarampion." Hear how a doctor in Mexico is faced with the possibility of a serious epidemic of measles.

Valley author Jim Ashford reads his story, "Serengeti", about a wealthy and alcohol-loving man who spends thousands of dollars going on safari in Africa to hunt and shoot wild animals so they can be displayed in a trophy room. 

Reedley author Hope Nisly reads her own story,“Whack Her Good, Lord!" on this week's edition of Valey Writers Read. The story is about Ivanna, who in her youth comes down with an ear malignancy that the doctors can't cure.  We catch up with her in middle age.  At this juncture, we find her working in a restaurant where a religious group meets every week.  Somehow they find out about her hearing problem and try to help her by “laying on hands.” 

This week on Valley Writers Read, nationally recognized author and Fresno native Mark Arax reads his own story, "Big Valley." Arax describes much of our Central Valley -- its farms, cities, town, and neighborhoods. The story focuses primarily on agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.   He even takes us down to the  popular agricultural fair in Tulare where they sell huge farm tractors for a quarter of a million dollars. 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Jon Frank brings us a story about the adventures of mountain climbing in Yosemite Valley. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author C.B. Mosher, titled, "Descent Into Heaven." Listen for a story about how the author and his family explore the beauty of the headwaters of the Amazon River. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Larry Hill's short story "The Night We Read Carver." Listen for a story about a writer who takes his girlfriend and protege to a conference where she turns the tables on him. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we feature two stories by local authors. First, we hear a story by Howard Hendrix titled, "American Bacon." Listen as a neighbor recruits the author to help slaughter a hog. We close the program with Sharon Patterson's "Ant Climbs a Molehill Guarded by a Camel," where an enlisted man struggles to advance in rank.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author James Varner shares with listeners some anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with his story, "Memories of Growing Up With Friends."