World War II Glider Symposium keynote
speakers James Magellas, most decorated
82nd Airborne history, and Terry Frei
Terry Frei is an award-winning journalist, author,
screenwriter and affiliate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
the heels of his critically acclaimed fact-based novel, Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero, 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 novel.
His books have drawn considerable praise from former presidents, Pulitzer
Prize winners, prominent journalists, reviewers and the public.
His collaborations include They Call Me "Mr. De" The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience,
and Recovery, by former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis.
Represented by Windfall Management in Los Angeles, Frei also has written three screenplay adaptations
of his own books, 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 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 events.
Frei 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 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 Board.
He is a Senior Writer
for woodypaige.com and also writes for many other sites and publications, including SportBusiness and Mile High Sports Magazine.
Keynote speaker, World War II
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