Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 | Iowa History Journal, Speaking
Mike Chapman is a public speaker who has appeared at dozens of events the past several years, to talk about Iowa History Journal magazine in particular and Iowa history in general.
In the past year, he has given speeches in Des Moines, Marshalltown, Newton, Osage, Waterloo, Ankeny and Stanton, drawing rave reviews every where.
In the coming months, Mike will be appearing at the Iowa State Fair on August 12-22 and at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, September 16-19. You are invited to come meet Mike and his wife, Bev, and browse over the numerous books he has written (21 to date) and see the ten issues of Iowa History Journal that have been published so far. If you buy any of the books or magazines, Mike will be happy to sign them for you.
Both the books and the magazines make tremendous gifts for Iowans who live anywhere!
Dates and Times
Iowa State Fair — Ralph Deets Historical Building, 10 am to 4 pm – August 12-22
National Cattle Congress — Estel Bulidng, 10 am to 8 pm – September 16-19
Books that Mike has written that he will have for sale at both locations are as follows:
- Iowans of Impact, 1985, the stories of 25 Iowans who excelled — including President Herbert Hoover, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Nile Kinnick, Bob Feller, etc.
- Gotch: An American Hero, 1999, a novel about the life of wrestling champion Frank Gotch. It has been sold to Empire Film Group in Hollywood.
- Lowell Park, 2003, a historical novel about a young woman’s journey back in time to meet Abe Lincoln in 1832 and Ronald Reagan in 1932, in a place called Lowell Park. This novel has been purchased by a Hollywood movie company and is tentatively set to start shooting next summer.
- ACHILLES: Son of Peleus, Scourge of Troy, historical novel about the greatest hero of the Trojan War, Culture House Books, 20043. Mike is an authority on the Trojan War and traveled to the battlefield of ancient Troy (in Turkey) in 2006.
- From Gotch to Gable, the University of Iowa Press, 1981, a history of wrestling in the state of Iowa and the entire United States.
- Please Don’t Call Me Tarzan, 2001, a biography of movie actor Herman Brix (aka Bruce Bennett). Mr. Bennett was an Olympic athlete and appeared in over 120 films from 1930 through 1960. A beautiful book with 90 photos.
- The Gold and The Glory, 2002, a biography of Glenn Morris, 1936 Olympic decathlon champion and movie Tarzan. Mr. Morris served as a Naval officer in World War II. Over 80 photos.
- The Sport of Lincoln, Culture House Books, the story of Abe Lincoln’s historic wrestling match with Jack Armstrong in New Salem, Illinois, in 1832.
- The Toughest Men in Sports, 1983, the stories of 11 great one-on-one athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee. Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, Dan Gable, Frank Gotch, etc.
- Nick and the Cyclones, 1989, the story of the Iowa State University wrestling program.
- Wrestling Tough, 2005, the mental side of sports, 268 pages.
- Legends of the Mat, 2007, the biographies of 34 American amateur wrestling champions (including Iowans such as Earl Caddock, Dan Gable, the Banach brothers, the Brands brothers, Ben and John Peterson, Chris Taylor, Glen Brand, Cael Sanderson, Bill Koll and many others), 188 pages.
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Upcoming Speeches and Appearances
- March 29, 2017 – Flag Day, Knoxville Library