World War II Glider Symposium keynote
speakers James Magellas, most decorated
82nd Airborne history, and Terry Frei
On the heels of his critically acclaimed fact-based novel, Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero, Terry Frei returned to non-fiction for his seventh book, March 1939: Before the Madness.
Frei's earlier non-fiction
books are Playing Piano in a Brothel (2010), '77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age (2008), Third Down and a War to Go (2007, foreword by David Maraniss), and Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming (2002). HHNC never has been out of print and is available from two different publishers as the 50th anniversary
of the landmark Texas-Arkansas game -- and the turmoil surrounding it -- approaches.
The Witch's Season (2009), based on what he saw and experienced while growing up as the son of a major college football
coach on a cauldron of a campus in a tumultuous time, was his first
His books have drawn considerable praise from former
presidents, Pulitzer Prize winners, prominent journalists,
reviewers and the public.
also has written three screenplays, done consulting work in the film industry, and taken voluminous mental notes.
He spent his early years
in Eugene, Oregon before moving to the Denver area as a high school junior. He has degrees in history and journalism from
the University of Colorado-Boulder. He worked at the Rocky Mountain News while in college and
joined The Denver Post after graduation.
Between two stints at the
Post, he was sports columnist at the Oregonian in Portland and then a pro and
college football writer for The Sporting News.
The highlights of his work for the St. Louis-based magazine were major stories, most of
them cover pieces, on eventual Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman Thomas,
Michael Irvin, and Larry Allen.
Frei was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on
a freelance basis for eight years. He has won numerous journalism awards and has been named
a state's sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association seven times -- three times in Oregon
and four times in Colorado, including for 2015 and 2016.
He also has extensive experience in radio show hosting hosting and television guest appearances.
On the newspaper front, he has covered the
NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL as a beatwriter and/or columnist; and has attended many World Series,
Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and major boxing
the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture in honor of the World War II pilot and longtime Congressman; spoken at
the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, and Lambeau Field; and was a keynote
speaker at the World War II Glider Symposium in 2010, when he appeared with many surviving heroes,
including Lt. Col. Jim Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne.
At CU, he has served as vice chairman of the History Department Advisory Board and chair of the Global Studies Resident Academic Program - International Affairs Advisory
Keynote speaker, World War II Glider Symposium
Signing Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming at Arkansas Literary Festival
Tattered Cover, Denver