Bill Wundram

Bill Wundram

Bill Wundram, a lifelong Quad-Citizen, as he would call himself, has been on the staff of the Quad-City Times and its predecessors for more than 70 years. He has worked as a reporter and an award-winning features editor and currently writes five columns a week, down slightly from the seven per week he did just a few years ago. He has won countless writing awards and honors, has authored several books, and his work has appeared in national publications. Bill and his wife, Helen, have been married for more than 60 years. They have two adult children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

$5.23M could get you star's mansion

2010-05-18T02:00:00Z $5.23M could get you star's mansionBill Wundram The Quad-City Times
May 18, 2010 2:00 am  • 

 Oh well, eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms are a lot to clean. Pat Barry, the ex-Davenport star of stage, screen and soap opera, is selling her mansion in the flats of Beverly Hills for $5.23 million.

She told the Los Angeles Times that the place no longer meets her needs.  “It’s a very big house with lots of stairs,” said Pat,  Those stairs make a difference. Pat is 88, a 1940 graduate of the former Davenport High — now Central — who drove to school in a flashy Packard convertible bought for her by her daddy, Paul, a physician.

Pat’s California house was built in 1927 for Charlie Chaplin.  It has lounging rooms, a bar, eight bedrooms, two staff quarters and a chauffer’s quarters, three powder rooms, three fireplaces and a swimming pool off the master bedroom.

It’s not like she needs the cash.  She owns other homes in Brentwood Encinco and — of all things — a farm in Winterset, Iowa, that was used in the 1995 film, “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Pat appeared in 2,000 movies and TV shows with just about everyone from Ronald Reagan, when he was in films, to Richard Gere and Doris Day.

She’s been in and out of Davenport in recent years, the last time when she inducted into Central’s Hall of Honor in 2005. At the time, she was so enthused that she assured scholarships to the Hall of Honor for students planning on a career in theater arts.

The Hall of Honor hasn’t, to date, received a penny.

Puns for somewhat educated minds

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. (That one is very bad.)

A penny for your thoughts

The charming community of Sycamore, Ill., about 120 miles east of the Quad-Cities, is promoting itself with a roll of pennies. It sends a weighty little box labeled, “What can you still get for a penny?” Tucked inside is a useful roll of 50 pennies because on June 24, Sycamore is inviting “interested persons” for a “Sycamore Experience Day.” One of the city’s claims to fame is its penny parking meters. Just so visitors don’t get nailed with a ticket, the roll of pennies is good for 50 hours of parking.

There’s irony in those coppers.  The pennies and the invitation took $2.44 postage.

The Discover Sycamore committee felt the price of postage was worth the tourism pitch.

Add-cetera

OINK! Mystery trips on “Wheel of Fortune” can be to far away places like Fiji or Cancun, but a prize last week was to the Iowa State Fair, valued at more than $6,000. That’s a lot of cotton candy and corn dogs.  Little piglets scampered across the crawlers. Cute.  But contestants did not look excited.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: “Church Basement Ladies, a Second Helping,” is closing down Saturday after another record run at Circa ’21. Suggested for the future, “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement.” And a Christmas show, “Away in the Basement.”

STOP, LOOK AND BID: Who are the best “amateur” auctioneers? They should sell their services in the Quads. Favorites are Kai Swanson and Jim Hampton. Jim even works on tall circus-like stilts and hasn’t fallen yet!

Contact Bill Wundram at (563) 383-2249 or bwundram@qctimes.com.

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