Red Varnum

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Red Varnum
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Full name James M. Varnum
Notability Adventure co-author
Location Iowa
Occupation Video production
Born 23 April 1928
Died 29 March 2005

James "Red" Varnum (23 April 1928 – 29 March 2005) was the co-author with Jim Jacobson of the Eamon adventure The Cave of the Mind.

Varnum and Jacobson first met in 1977 when Varnum was working at Video Midwest, an electronics store on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa; Jacobson came in and took an interest in the Apple II computer and, after spending a few afternoons trying it out at the store, bought the machine. The two became friends and later colleagues, working together both at Video Midwest and then in 1979 at a computer company in nearby Ames.

Varnum was for many years an employee of Iowa's WOI-TV where he worked as a video producer, designer, director, and writer, and featured in several locally-produced programs including The Red Dash and the cult horror movie show Gravesend Manor (as the Duke). It was also rumored that Varnum was the voice of the puppet Gregory in his wife Betty's long-running children's program The Magic Window. A tribute to the program published in the The Des Moines Register in 2019 describes Varnum as "an Iowa broadcasting pioneer".

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