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Mike Chapman featured at museum program Wednesday

August 1, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - The next meeting of the Tama County Historical and Genealogical Society will be 7p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Museum in Toledo. The public is invited to hear about "Famous Iowans" from Mike Chapman of Newton . Mike Chapman is a native of Waterloo and was a newspaperman for 35 years, retiring in 2002 as publisher of the Newton Daily News. His other top jobs were sports editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and executive editor of The Telegraph in Dixon, Ill., the hometown of Ronald Reagan. He has written 22 books, has produced three documentaries and currently has two movie screenplays in Hollywood. One screenplay, Lowell Park, is based on his historical novel about Ronald Reagan as a lifeguard in the summer of 1932 and is set to begin filming later this summer. In 2009, Mike created Iowa History Journal - a magazine devoted to preserving Iowa history and presenting it in a fashion that is both educational and entertaining. The magazine is in its third season and offers articles from some of the state’s top journalists, on a wide variety of subjects - from business to entertainment, from sports to politics - highlighting the most important and influential personalities and events in Iowa history. As a journalist Mike has interviewed such people as President Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Robert Redford, Lou “The Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno, and numerous Olympic champions and movie actors. He has appeared on half a dozen television networks and shows-- including A&E, Fox and Friends, Fox Sports, ESPN, Iowa Public Television and Wisconsin Public Television - and has been a guest on over 200 radio talk shows. Among books he has written is Achilles: Son of Peleus, Scourge of Troy - a novel about the Trojan War and its greatest hero, Achilles. Mike has studied the story of Achilles for nearly 40 years and in 2006 traveled to Turkey to visit the site of the ancient battlefield, made famous in the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer. Mike Chapman is considered by many to be the nation’s top wrestling historian and writer. He has attended 41 NCAA wrestling tournaments, two Olympics and two World Championships. He has been named National Wrestling Writer of the Year five times. In 2007, he was given the Order of Merit by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement and was honored with the President’s Award from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association. A recognized authority on the character Tarzan, he has hosted three national Tarzan conventions and in 2004 was given the Golden Lion Award, the top honor in the worldwide Tarzan fraternity. He travels the state to give speeches on a number of topics ranging from Iowa history to wrestling history, and from the Trojan War epic to the saga of the four Iowa sports icons featured in his latest book, Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Iowa Football Legends Fed Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright Mike is a member of six halls of fame, including the Waterloo East High Hall of Fame, Class of 1994, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Oklahoma. He also created the International Wrestling Museum in Newton and oversaw its move to Waterloo in 2008. He and his wife, Bev, live in Newton. As an athlete, he competed in wrestling, judo and sombo (submission wrestling) and bench press contests.

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To Go Info:
What:”Famous Iowans” program by author Mike Chapman
When: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.
Where:Tama Co. Historical Society Museum, 201 N. Broadway, Toledo
Free, public invited



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