Friday, July 9th, 2010 | Iowa History Journal
Iowa is known for the “Field of Dreams” movie starring Kevin Costner in which the ghosts of major league baseball players emerge from an Iowa cornfield near Dyersville. But the original “field of dreams” was built near Van Meter, in central Iowa, by Bill Feller and his son, Bob – who went on to become the greatest baseball player ever produced in this state!
This issue has a long feature article – written by Buck Turnbull, retired award-winning sportswriter of the Des Moines Register – on Bob Feller’s amazing career with the Cleveland Indians. Also, publisher Mike Chapman writes about the Fellers’ field of dreams and the beautiful Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter.
There is also Part Two of the John Wayne story, based in Winterset, Iowa.
The magazine has other outstanding articles on a wide range of topics – including Glenn Miller, king of the Big Band era; a magician from Marshalltown who was so famous that even Harry Houdini listened to him, and a forgotten Utopian society named the Icarians.
All of this plus columns by John McNeer and Arvid Huisman and a book review, Iowa History Quiz and What’s In a Name, telling about the historic past of Iowa’s third largest city, Davenport.
- Publisher’s Perspective – Bill’s and Bob’s Field of Dreams
- Bob Feller, Strike Out King – by Buck Turnbull
- Icarian’s Settlement – by Teresa Parmenter
- Iowa County Roads: Service Stations Were a Real Treat – by Arvid Huisman
- Glenn Miller: Iowa’s King of Swing – by Michael Swanger
- Iowa Magician – “King of the Stage” – by Jessica Lowe
- The Way We Were: Fireflies Light up Iowa Summer Nights – by John McNeer
- Winterset’s Favorite – John Wayne – by Mike Chapman
- Book Review – The Home Fronts of Iowa – by Peter Hussmann
- What’s in a Name: Davenport
- Iowa History Quiz
- Letters to the Editor
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