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Don Wilson Farran

Don Wilson Farran, American writer. Decorated General Alfaro gold medal Ecuador; recipient 1st prize, Liberty Magazine Short Story Contest, 1933, award, Edinburgh Film Festival, 1959, American Film Festival, 1959-1964.


  • Farran, Don Wilson was born on March 24, 1902 in Rowan, Iowa, United States. Son of John Simon and Charlotte (Duncan) Farran.

  • Education

    • Student, University Iowa, 1922—1923. Student, Dartmouth College, 1942—1943.


    • Officer-in-charge, motion picture production. Editor Federal Writers Project, Des Moines, 1937. State director Federal History Survey, 1937—1938.

      Regional director Federal Theatre Service Bureau, Chicago, 1938—1939. National editor Federal American Imprints Inventory, Washington, 1940—1941, national director, 1941—1942. Assistant national director History Records Survey, 1941—1942.

      Commissioned lieutenant United States Navy, 1942, advanced through grades to Commander, 1953. Member, offshore search and rescue team World World War II. Writer, director & producer, films United States Navy Coast Guard, 1958—1964.

      Retired, 1964

      Consultant Iowa Bicentennial, 1976.


    • Pie in the Sky Adventures
    • This delightful book describes the adventures of a fascinating and fearless couple who have decided – in middle age- that life has more to offer them than their regular day jobs.
    • Co-author (with MaMurtrie): (book) Ballad of the Silver Ring, 1935, Wings for Words, 1940. Co-author: (plays) Off The Record, 1939, Broadway D., 1940, Pie in the Sky, 1939, Dirt. Biographer of actor Richard Bennett, 1936.

      Screenwriter (films) United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, State Department, White House, 1942-1964, The Seventh Fleet, 1956. Contributor articles to professional publications.


    Fellow: International Academy Poets (England), International Society Biographers. Member: Gypsey Lore Society Great Britain, American Poetry Society (vice president 1928-1929), Iowa Authors Club (president 1933-1934), California Writers Club, Screenwriters Guild America.
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    Born March 24, 1902
    • 1937
      editor Federal Writer, s Project
      Des Moines, Iowa, United States
    • 1937 - 1938
      state director, Federal History Survey
    • 1938 - 1939
      regional director, Federal Theatre Service Bureau
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1940 - 1941
      national editor Federal American Imprints Inventory
      Washington, United States
    • 1941 - 1942
      assistant, national director History Records Survey
    • 1942
      commissioned lieutenant United States Navy
    • 1953
      commissioned lieutenant United States Navy
    • 1958 - 1964
      writer, & producer
    • 1958 - 1964
      director, & producer
    • 1964
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