Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 | Books, Iowa History Journal | No Comments
DES MOINES, IOWA — The legend of Johnny Bright, Drake’s greatest athletic hero, springs back to life this month as Johnny graces the cover of two new publications – a magazine and a book.
A beautiful artwork of Bright is on the cover of Iowa History Journal, a magazine that covers all aspects of Iowa history, from sports to entertainment, to business and politics, and various historical figures and events.
The Bulldog star led the entire nation in total offense in both 1949 and 1950, and was leading it again in 1951 when he was knocked out of action in one of the ugliest incidents in college football history. Bright was a first team All-American and finished fifth in the balloting of the 1951 Heisman Trophy despite missing two of the Drake games due to the incident.
Bright is also one of four Iowa football stars featured in a new book, Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright.
There will be a book signing by Mike Chapman, author of Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stores of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright, prior to Drake’s homecoming football game against Marist this Saturday.
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | Books | No Comments
Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright is available for purchase online through Paypal. The cost is $26.95 + $5 for shipping and handling.
You can also purchase by calling Culture House Books at 641-791-3072.
For details on the book view the previous post regarding it.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 | Books | No Comments
Four iconic Iowa sports figures are featured in a new book entitled Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright.
The book was written by Mike Chapman and is published by Culture House, an Iowa company that specializes in biographies. It features 57 photos, many of which have never been published before, and a foreword by Jim Zabel, legendary WHO radio sportscaster.
Triumph and Tragedy is a book that Chapman has been working on for several years. It tells the stories of four football heroes at the University of Iowa, Iowa State and Drake, each of who faced tragedy in life after excelling on the football field of competition.
Friday, August 28th, 2009 | Iowa History Journal | No Comments
Issue number 4, August 2009, of the Iowa History Journal is now available.
Inside the issue:
- Jack Trice, an ISU Icon
- Wildlife Artist, Maynard Reece
- Visiting Winnebago Industries
- Indian Tribes in Iowa
- Book Review: One-Room Schoolhouses
- Iowa History Quiz
- Columns by Iowans
Upcoming Speeches and Appearances
- March 21, 2013 – Win Memorabilia Show
- May 30, 2013 – Iowa Hall of Pride Volunteer Celebration
- June 13, 2013 – Fred Becker Day
- June 28, 2013 – Sturgis Falls
- July 9, 2013 – Project AWARE
- July 19, 2013 – Des Moines Metro Scandanavian Group
- August 8, 2013 – Iowa State Fair
Calendar of Appearances
Iowa Hall of Pride Volunteer Celebration
Mike will be the featured speaker at the Iowa Hall of Pride annual volunteers celebration, in Des Moines. He will talk about the impact of such famous Iowans as Nile Kinnick and Fred Becker, both All-American football players at the University of Iowa who lost their lives during war time. The event is not open to the public.