Twitter: @TFrei (formerly @TFOlympicAffair)
On the heels of the critically acclaimed
Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero,
Frei has returned to non-fiction for his seventh
book, March 1939: Before the Madness, again
from Taylor Trade. He and fellow newspaperman
and author Adrian Dater collaborated on
Save By Roy, expected to be available in Fall 2014.
Frei plans to complete a Young Adult novel,
The New Kid, then move on to another non-fiction
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
football coach on a cauldron of a campus in a tumultuous
time, was his first novel.
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
the NFL, beginning a 30-year stay in pro football as a coach,
scout 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 degrees
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 his graduation at age 21.
He's now in his second
stint at the Post.
In his hiatus, 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.
was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on a freelance basis for
years. He has won numerous journalism awards and has been
named sportswriter of the year multiple times in Oregon and
Colorado. He has extensive experience in radio hosting and television
guest appearances. On the newspaper front, he has covered
NHL, MLB and NFL as a beatwriter and/or columnist; and has
attended many World Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley
Finals, Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and
Frei is a frequent speaker at schools and events, including
veterans-oriented functions. He has delivered the
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, 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 Board.
He still serves on the latter.
his wife, Helen, live in the Denver area.
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-
second-language teacher and community volunteer; Susan
of Tulsa, a noted former
ballerina with the Colorado Ballet and other
companies, and now a company executive with the renowned Tulsa
Ballet, which performs around the world; and Nancy
McCormick of the
Chicago law firm Barlit,
Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott.