Inqlings | He's sold a tale of Sundance sweetie

Posted: July 10, 2007

Fox29 reporter Gerald Kolpan has struck a deal with Random House for a work of historical fiction.

Etta, which he's been writing for several years, is the made-up life of Etta Place, mysterious girlfriend of the turn-of-the-20th-century "Wild Bunch" bandit known as the Sundance Kid. "Nobody knows where she came from and what became of her after 1907," says Kolpan, whose 20th anniversary on WTXF will be marked by the station tomorrow.

Kolpan casts Place as a deb-gone-wild - growing up proper-like in Philly, heading out west, moving to New York (where she meets Eleanor Roosevelt), and following Butch Cassidy and the Kid to South America. "Train robberies, sex, a lot of action," is how he describes the plot. Early readers deemed it "too dirty, so I made it more subtle."

(He grows more subtle still when asked what the deal is worth.)

Kolpan, 56, says the book, sold by Katharine Cluverius of ICM, will be out next year on Random House's Ballantine imprint.

Mack gets juice

Producer/promoter Charlie Mack is plugged in. A few weeks ago, the Will Smith sidekick seemed unsure whether he could reprise his annual Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend, after a sponsor had dropped out. Peco Energy stepped up with unspecified cash, and it's a go this weekend with Chris Tucker, Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, G-Thang, and Terrence Howard. Saturday's events (a celebrity clean-up and youth day) will be focused on Myers Rec Center in Southwest Philly, while Sunday's draw will be a lunchtime stop at the Adidas store, 436 South St.

Opie & Anthony madness

Radio's Opie & Anthony will be in town tomorrow and Thursday - hosting their syndicated morning show from WYSP studios and hosting a party at the Lagoon in Essington at 11:15 a.m., after tomorrow's broadcast. (WYSP, discouraging people from showing up outside its new high-rise home, is giving away studio tickets at www.wysp.com.) Sidekick Jim Norton will sign his book, Happy Endings, at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Barnes & Noble at 1805 Walnut St.

Radio activity

Q102 is said to be finalizing details to bring Angi Taylor to Chris Booker's morning show. Taylor, based in Chicago, has been on a long-term tryout. She left the station in September 2004. Among pesky details: how often she'd work from home.

John Allers says his job as program director at new alternative station WRFF (104.5) is to do an "exciting radio station with music that's been sorely missed." (Read: giving a radio home to such bands as Weezer, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime - as Y100 did before Radio One dumped the format in February 2005.) Among Allers' chores is hiring DJs for WRFF, which signed on in mid-May. Don't be surprised to hear Allers, who's programmed and DJed at a bunch of rock stations (most recently in Northern California), taking the afternoon shift himself.

Briefly noted

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Raheem Brock (Dobbins High, Temple U) will be out for blood Saturday. He's sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross center at 700 Spring Garden St. Donors can win a signed Colts helmet or football. Call 1-800-448-3543 to register.

High School Musical was the school show a few months ago at St. Pius X High in Pottstown. The national tour of High School Musical will stop at the Academy of Music from tomorrow through July 22. So: A group from the school will appear as the Bleacher Kids during each Philly performance.

Author Jackie Collins, visiting Caesars in Atlantic City Saturday, got first dibs on the slot machine named after her heroine Lucky Santangelo. She put in $5 and won $1.50. She said she feels luckiest at roulette.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at 215-854-5514 or mklein@phillynews.com. Read his recent work at http://go.philly.com/michaelklein.

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