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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, August 6, 1974 War experiences gave pulp writer background EDMONTON (CP) -Harold Cruickshank says a "green hungry monster" has swallowed up the kind of adventure literature he once wrote and peddled to pulp magazines. Cruickshank, 81, has spent most of his life creating action-adventure heroes but says his brand of story has been replaced with "sex, violence, and pornography, the very things which we tried to keep from the eyes of our younger folk." For 55 years Mr. Cruickshank, whose characters include the Sky Devil and Keko the wolf, wrote for pulp magazines, those publications printed on newsprint rather than fine paper. During his peak he knocked off eight 6,000-word stories a month with titles like The Village of the Living Dead, Judgment of the War Gods and Where Death Lurks Deep. THE PROFIT MACHINE Over two hundred years of selective breeding has brought about the ansv/er to the cattleman's needs. AngusI Look them over. Clean In the brisket, no wasteful fat . . . no excess bone and belly. They're heavily rriuscled. Ensuring good red meat. Angus steers finish out at about 11 hundred pounds, giving you the extra profit, from extra weight. IVIothering ability, Angus are famous tor Itl 100 per cent calf crops are frequent occurence . . . they protect their calves against predators, they won't drift In a storm, and they're good rustlers. Cancer Eye . . . forget It! Pink Eye and Foot Rot, very seldom. Records, Angus holds them ail. At The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Angus carcasses have been Grand Champion 24 times out of the last 25 years. At The Chicago International, Angus steers have been Grand Champions 76 per cent of the time over the last 70 years. Angus, Growthler without sacrificing traditional Angus QualHy. SOUTHERN ALBERTA ABERDEEN ANGUS CLUB Jerry Virginillo President Ph. 345-4211 Coaldale Mrs. Edith Hochslein Sec.-Treas. Box 984, Pincher Creek Using pseudonyms, some magazines ran as many as three Cruickshank stories in a single issue. "Certainly the pulps carried stories of violence, but it was a violence of a defensive nature. "When we killed somebody it was because we knew damn well he was about to kill us, not out of any desire to kill." Mr. Cruickshank's war adventure stories were based on his own combat experience during two world wars. His best-known war hero, First World War flyfng ace Capt. Bill Dawe, The Sky Devil, had a real life model in Mr. Cruickshank's own infantry commander. He said young readers who patterned themselves after heroes like the Sky Devil and formed fan clubs to honor the fictional adventurers were doing a good thing. The pulp magazines such as Battle Stories, Dare-Devil Aces and Sky Fighters, popular between the 1920s and the early �1950s, sold for a quarter or less. "The critics thought the pulps should be hidden under rocks and only read on rainy days," said Mr. Cruickshank. "Some of the greatest writers in the world wrote for the pulps. People who also wrote for the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and Redbook." "A writer for the pulp magazines had to be continually alert to cope with the changing trends. Arid you had to compete If your water is hard, corrodes pipes, stains fixturesJastes bad- tlien nettling in a can. box, or bottle can correct it. ... Culliganxan. � WE FILTER AND SOFTEN YOUR WATER BEFORE IT ENTERS YOUR HOUSEHOLD PLUMBING With soft water bathing, the skin is smoother and cleaner. You'll love it. You can use no-phospate soaps and get better, whiter washing results. By hand or machine dishes, glassware and silver wash spot-free, sanitary clean. For complete reservoir systems CALL 327-7867 and say . . . 120 North Mayor Magralti Drive Leihbridge with the cream of the pulp people. "When I first started off the demand was for war stories. When they faded you had to switch to air war stories." Wild life demand When that fad passed a demand for wilderness adventure grew and Cruickshank met it with his profitable series about Keko the wolf. The series jelled during the Depression when Mr. Cruickshank saw a German shepherd and a golden collie playing together in the snow. "At that point I conceived in my mind's eye the product of a mating between a wolf and a collie. "I developed this idea into a series of animal adventure stories running several years in one of the western magazines. I later compiled the stories into a book." Mr. Cruickshank launched his career when he was asked to write about his war comrades in Belgium in 1918. He received a prize for a story and continued writing in his spare time in Alberta. In 1923 he sold his first inajor piece to Western Home Monthly, Chatelaine's forerunner, and a demand grew for his stories. "For 55 years I wrote more magazine stories than most writers in the country, the U.S. and elsewhere and nobody cared." Mr. Cruickshank now writes technical guides for would-be writers and instructional articles on homesteading for government publications. Pulp writer ... Harold Cruickshank, 81. WHEN A stop at the "QUEENS DEN" CANADIAN EXHIBIT across the street from the opera house BELMORE'S MUSEUM COUTTS, ALBERTA T LOCKWOOD CENTRE PIVOT COVERS A QUARTER SECTION (GUARANTEED DELIVERY) Irrigation has now gone full circle. Drop in and see the latest in field equipment. McCleary Farm Implements & Supply 2636 2nd Ave. N. Lethbridge Phone 328-5374 ;