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What It Means to Be a Hawkeye Radio Tour

I mentioned in my last post that I’m trying to do a better job of recognizing people in the media who have complimented my books.  I recently looked back at some of my earlier posts and realized that October 2011 was one of the most fun months I’ve had during my writing journey…and so far, I’ve completely failed to mention that month!  So take a trip back with me, if you will, to a year and a half ago – long before this website was launched – and let me tell you about one of my favorite professional experiences: the What It Means to Be a Hawkeye radio tour….

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Hawkeye Personalities: John Streif

John Streif never dribbled a basketball in a Hawkeye game.  He never made a tackle or threw a block at Kinnick Stadium.  But you could make a strong argument that no one person had a more profound influence on Iowa athletics over the last forty years than John Streif.  He will be retiring after four decades of service to the university on Wednesday, so let’s take a look at one of the finest gentlemen ever associated with the University of Iowa. John Streif Let’s start with some basics. John Streif hails from the tiny Iowa town of Manchester. He came…

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Iowa Fights

As the University of Iowa wraps up a trying football season, it seems to me that the school could use an uplifting cheer.  Alabama has “Roll Tide”, while Illinois and Ohio State fans dazzle with their spelling skills.  And who wouldn’t be jealous of hearing Nittany Lions fans chant “We Are…Penn State?”  I think all fans love things that make their school unique. Believe it or not, for the better part of the twentieth century, the Hawkeyes had a slogan – “Iowa Fights”.  Now, I’m not suggesting that it should make a comeback or anything, but it is a part of…

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