Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Heisman and Hinsdale

Jay and Philomela Berwanger at home in Hinsdale, Ill., in 1951.
Jay Berwanger, winner of the first Heisman Trophy, was a long-time resident of Hinsdale, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. In his later years, he resided in nearby Oak Brook.

The folks at the Hinsdale Public Library have invited me to present my slideshow on Berwanger's life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Copies of First Heisman: The Life of Jay Berwanger will be available for sales and signing.

The presentation is free, but the library asks for RSVPs. 

If you live in the Chicago area, I hope you'll stop by for the hour-long

Friday, September 13, 2013

The biography is here!

I'm excited to announce that First Heisman: The Life of Jay Berwanger is published and available for sale.

In Dubuque, River Lights Bookstore, 11th and Main streets, is carrying the book. Thanks to owner Sue Davis for hosting my initial booksigning event Thursday, Sept. 12.

Watch this blog for announcements of other sales locations and booksignings.

The book may also be ordered through Crestwood Publishing's  website.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

September date for Berwanger/Dalzell dedication

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, will be a special day.

That's when Dubuque Community School District and district foundation officials will dedicate the statue of Jay Berwanger and the commemorative wall honoring Berwanger and his high school coach, Wilbur Dalzell, at the newly rebuilt Dalzell Field.

The statue is being created by Arizona artist Vala Ola. I've seen the model, and I'm impressed.

So too with the memorial wall, designed by the school district's Tricia Pitz.

Details on the event are being finalized, but the early plan is for an afternoon ceremony.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cover story

Just realized that I failed to post the cover for the Berwanger biography. It was designed by Carmen Goedken, former neighbor and a 2012 graduate of Wartburg College.

The book will be published by my Crestwood Publishing and distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group, Indianapolis.

Release date is August 2013 -- just in time for football season!