If You Screen It, They Will Come

“Field of Dreams” and the Varsity Cinema share some grassroots connections. Photo: Mick Haupt.

Right on time for baseball season, the Varsity Cinema is screening “Field of Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with a special guest before the show.

Jim Vickery, a longtime Des Moines resident, will share his memories of Veda Ponikvar, the small-town Minnesota newspaper publisher whose character shows up in the book and movie to help Ray Kinsella find the long-lost ballplayer Archie “Moonlight” Graham. Ponikvar studied at Drake University back in the ’40s and, in a full-circle coincidence, organized a rally at the Varsity for Franklin Roosevelt after Drake officials banned the event from campus.

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