ERIC ALLEN (1916-1986) served in 1969-70 as president of the Western Writers of America. He wrote 30 books, mostly Western fiction, selling his first one in 1959. One of his screenplays, Smoke in the Wind, starred Walter Brennan. Allen wrote feature articles for many newspapers and magazines in Oklahoma and throughout the country. His newspaper writing ranged from crime news to features on a number of publications in such places as Sallisaw, Muldrow, Alva, Enid and Lawton as well as in Fort Smith, Ark.