II Glider Symposium keynote
speakers James Magellas, most decorated
officer in 82nd Airborne history, and Terry Frei
Frei is a Denver-based journalist, author, screenwriter
and affiliate professor.
On the heels of his critically acclaimed fact-based novel,
Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero, he
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
'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 now is available in paperback from two
different publishers as the 50th anniversary of the landmark
Texas-Arkansas game -- and the turmoil surrounding it --
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.
He also has collaborated on many book projects, including
They Call Me "Mr. De": The Story of Columbine's Heart,
Resilience and Recovery, by Frank DeAngelis; and Save By Roy,
with Adrian Dater.
His books have drawn considerable praise from
former presidents, Pulitzer Prize winners,
reviewers and the public.
Frei also has written three
screenplays, done consulting work
in the film industry, and taken voluminous
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
Denver Post after graduation.
Between two stints at the Post, he was sports columnist at
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
stories, most of them cover pieces, on eventual Hall of Famers
Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman
Thomas, Michael Irvin, and
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
Media Association seven times
-- three times in Oregon and
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
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 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
Congressman; spoken at the Wisconsin Veterans
Museum, the Wisconsin State Historical Society,
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 an affiliate
professor at Metropolitan State
University of Denver.
Keynote speaker, World War II Glider Symposium
Wisconsin Historical Society
Signing Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming at Arkansas Literary Festival
Tattered Cover, Denver
Val d'Isere, 1992 Winter Olympics, downhill starting gate
A SAMPLING OF CREDENTIALS
1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul
1992 Albertville Winter Olympics
1984 NBA Finals: Lakers at Celtics
1987 Fiesta Bowl: Miami-Penn State
Super Bowl XXVIII: Cowboys vs. Bills
2001 Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche vs. Devils
1989 World Series: Giants vs. A's (Earthquake!)
1988 Final Four: Kansas beat Oklahoma
1989: Leonard vs. Hearns
1992 NBA Finas: Bulls-Blazers
1988 Orange Bowl: Miami vs. Oklahoma
Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos vs. Packers
1996 Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche vs. Panthers
2007 World Series: Rockies vs. Red Sox
1991 Final Four at Indianapolis: Duke beat Kansas