On the heels of the
critically acclaimed fact-based novel,
Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero,
Terry Frei has
returned to non-fiction for his seventh
book, March 1939: Before the Madness, again
from Taylor Trade.
Frei's 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), and Horns, Hogs, and
Nixon Coming (2002).
The Witch's Season (2009), based on what he saw and
experienced while growing up as the son of a major college
coach on a cauldron of a campus in a tumultuous
time, was his first novel.
also has written three screenplays, done consulting work
the film industry, and taken voluminous mental notes.
He spent his early years in Eugene, Oregon, where
his father, Jerry,
was a fixture on the
University of Oregon football staff and the
Ducks' head coach
for five seasons. When Jerry Frei moved to
beginning a 30-year stay in pro football as a coach,
and administrator with the Broncos, Buccaneers, and
Bears, Terry moved to Colorado. He graduated from
Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver area and has
in history and journalism from
the University of Colorado-Boulder.
He began working
in the Denver newspaper business while a
in college and stepped into a full-time position after
graduation at age 21. He's now in his second stint in Denver.
In his hiatus, he was sports columnist at the Oregonian
and then a pro and college
football writer for The Sporting News.
highlights of his work for the St. Louis-based magazine were
major stories, most of them cover pieces,
on eventual Hall of Famers
Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman
Thomas, Michael Irvin, and Larry Allen.
Frei also was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on a freelance basis for
eight years. He has won numerous journalism awards
and has been
named sportswriter of the
year multiple times in Oregon and
has extensive experience in radio hosting and television
guest appearances. On
the newspaper front, he has covered the NBA,
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
Frei is a frequent
speaker at schools and events, including at
He has delivered 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 Conference
in 2010, when he appeared with many surviving heroes,
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
Program/International Affairs Advisory Board.
He still serves
on the latter.
and his wife, Helen, live in the Denver area.
has four siblings: David Frei of New York, the Westminster
Club's director of communications, long-time WKC Dog Show
and National Dog Show television broadcaster and a fellow author;
Judy Kaplan of Centennial, Colorado,
a Spanish and English-as-a-
teacher and community volunteer; Susan Frei Earley
of Tulsa, a noted former ballerina with the Colorado Ballet
companies, and now a company executive
with the renowned Tulsa
Ballet, which performs around
the world; and Nancy McCormick of the
law firm Barlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott.
favorite novelists are Jon Hassler, Terry Kay, Richard Russo,
Conroy, Herman Wouk, John Irving and Mark Harris.