Born in Shenandoah and raised there and in Ringtown, Darryl Ponicsan has written several novels, including Cinderella Liberty and The Last Detail. Both were made into major motion pictures in 1973. Cinderella Liberty starred James Caan and The Last Detail starred Jack Nicholson. Each film was nominated for several Academy Awards. Cinderella Liberty earned Mr. Ponicsan a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture.
Mr. Ponicsan has written or co-written a number of screenplays for other Hollywood movies, including Vision Quest, Taps, Nuts, Murder in the First, School Ties, and The Boost. He also wrote the teleplay for The Enemy Within. Recently Mr. Ponicsan did the screenplay adaptation for the film Random Hearts, starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Darryl Ponicsan is also the author of Andoshen, a novel written in the mid-1970's. The title is a convolution of the word "Shenandoah". For one day in 1976, Shenandoah was officially renamed "Andoshen".