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A request of journalists,
authors and readers:
As noted below, Horns,
Hogs, and Nixon Coming hasn't been out of print since its 2002 publication and for one period even was
out from two different publishers at the same
time. It has been disillusioning to note how frequently others have borrowed (and that's the nice way to put it) from Horns,
Hogs, and Nixon Coming and utilized both the extensive and revelatory research for the book and subsequent
follow-up columns and stories about the book's figures in later years without citing. A total of 65 were interviewed for the book, incuding many key figures who have since
passed away. As the 50th anniversary approaches, please don't simply rewrite or lift. That's grouchy and even a bit arrogant,
but the fact is, this has happened over and over and I anticipate it happening more in the 50th-anniversary year. I
ask the public and journalists to call out those who simply rewrite Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming.
-- Terry Frei, September 2018
Simon and Schuster Hardback (2002)
It sold out, now is out of print, and is considered
Taylor Trade obtained the paperback
rights and published its edition in 2004. It has remained in print ever since, but...
Schuster reclaimed the paperback rights and its edition was released February 16, 2016.
Terry Frei's followup stories / excerpts:
On December 6, 1969, the Texas Longhorns and Arkansas Razorbacks met in what many consider the Game of the Century.
In the centennial season of college football, both teams were undefeated; both featured devastating and innovative offenses;
both boasted cerebral, stingy defenses; and both were coached by superior tacticians and stirring motivators, Texas's Darrell
Royal and Arkansas's Frank Broyles. On that day in Fayetteville, the poll-leading Horns and second-ranked Hogs battled for
the Southwest Conference title -- and President Richard Nixon was coming to present his own national championship plaque to
Even if it had been just a game, it would still have been memorable today. The bitter rivals played
a game for the ages before a frenzied, hog-callin' crowd that included not only an enthralled Nixon -- a noted football fan
-- but also Texas congressman George Bush among the Washington entourage seated in the stands among fans. And the game turned,
improbably, on an outrageously daring fourth-down pass.
But it wasn't just a game, because nothing was so simple
in December 1969. In Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Coming, Terry Frei deftly weaves the social, political, and athletic
trends together for an unforgettable look at one of the landmark college sporting events of all time.
leading up to the showdown saw black student groups at Arkansas, still marginalized and targets of virulent abuse, protesting
and seeking to end the use of the song "Dixie" to celebrate Razorback touchdowns; students were determined to rush
the field during the game if the band struck up the tune. As the United States remained mired in the Vietnam War, sign-wielding
demonstrators (including war veterans) took up their positions outside the stadium -- in full view of the president. That
same week, Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton penned a letter to Col. Eugene Holmes, the head of the ROTC program at the University
of Arkansas, thanking the colonel for shielding him from induction into the military earlier in the year. The colonel, whose
daughter was dating star Arkansas tailback Bill Burnett, would attend the game, while Clinton listened on short-wave radio
in England. That Clinton-Holmes connection even would come into play in a presidential election years later, and the otherwise
reclusive Holmes, who bitterly felt misled, discussed the entire incident with Frei. Texas safety Freddie Steinmark was nursing
a sore leg, and it would turn out that he played the game on a leg being eaten up by cancer -- a leg destined to be amputated
within a week of the game.
Finally, this game was the last major sporting event that featured two exclusively
white teams. Slowly, inevitably, integration would come to the end zones and hash marks of the South, and though no one knew
it at the time, the Texas vs. Arkansas clash truly was Dixie's Last Stand.
Drawing from comprehensive research
and interviews with coaches, players, protesters, professors, and politicians, Frei stitches together an intimate, electric
narrative about two great teams -- including Steinmark, who was displaying monumental courage just to make it onto
the field -- facing off in the waning days of the era they defined. Gripping, nimble, and clear-eyed, Horns, Hogs, &
Nixon Coming is the final word on the last of how it was.
"...a superb blending of
sports, history, and politics." --
Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News
"The game and its cultural
contexts have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei in his book Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming."
-- Bill Clinton
"Frei does a masterful job of weaving in the historical significance of the turbulent times, including
Vietnam War protests, the military draft lottery and the civil rights movement that were so much a part of campus life in
that era. It's political football at its best." -- Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Some of us codgers on the scene thought we knew all
facets of The Great Shootout. But now, 33 years after that climatic Arkansas-Texas game, comes a most intriguing account on
whys and wherefores and backgrounds and personality quirks, warts and all, and political implications (Vietnam protests) and
whatever. (That climatic week just happened to be the time when Bill Clinton got his ROTC draft deferment from an UofArkansas
official, whose daughter was dating a Razorback player, etc.) Title is 'Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming' and it's by Terry Frei,
who must have worn out a dozen tape recorders in the process." -- Blackie
Sherrod, Dallas Morning News
"Everyone knows that football today is a far cry from what it was in the days of leather helmets
and dropkicks, but it takes a book like Terry Frei's 'Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming' to show how much the game has changed
in just the last three decades. Frei does so by chronicling what might have been the final game of the God-Family-Football
era, before shoe companies, superagents and TV networks turned the muddy old gridiron into a multigazillion-dollar business."
-- Charles Hirshberg, Sports Illustrated
"It was a bit like stumbling upon a family history as written
by a distant cousin . . . But much to the dismay of our most cherished prejudice, an outsider, a furriner, a Coloradan for
gosh sakes, has seen things we couldn't. Like a Tocquevillian sportswriter in a new world, Terry Frei does the unexpected,
if not the impossible: He makes 'thatdamngame'--and all the cultural, political, and social issues swirling around it like
so much red-and-white confetti--seem new again, relevant again."
--Kane Webb in a lead editorial, Arkansas
great sports books eventually aren't about the game or the scoreboard result, but about the characters involved -- on the
field, in the stands, outside the stadium, around the country -- and the times, (and) appeal to more than just the sports
fan. Frei's account of an important moment of Arkansas and Texas sports history is great because of that and can mean something
to the average readers off in Oregon or Connecticut."
--Jim Harris, Arkansas Times, Little Rock
"Frei's often humorous telling is much more than a rehash of the game. . . (It) also serves as a larger history of
the social and political climate surrounding the competition. (The book) is a delightful, well-researched chronicle of a turbulent
-- Larry Little, Library Journal
"A great story, well-told, with more delicious details than
a linebacker could handle."
--David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News
At left, President Richard Nixon wih a contingent
in the stands that included George Bush, John Paul Hammerschmidt, J. William Fulbright and the then-obscure Henry Kissinger.
At right, he presents his own national championship plaque to Darrell Royal and the Longhorns.
Freddie Steinmark with Longhorns QB James
Street at the Cotton Bowl.
Longview boys: Razorback defensive ineman Terry Don Phillips and James Street at the teams' joint 2004 reunion at which Terry
Frei was the neutral keynote speaker.
At the 2004 joint reunion where Terry
Frei was the keynote speaker. At left, Texas tackle bob MCCoy, Texas fullback Steve Worster, Arkansas defensive lineman Bruce
James, Texas tackle Bobby Wuensch and Arkansas flanker Chuck Dicus. At right, Texas defensive tackle Greg Ploetz, Benton County
Judge John Scott, Arkansas kicker Bill McClard, Terry Frei, and Texas rover Mike Campbell.
Terry Frei at one of the many book signings for Horns,
Hogs, and Nixon Coming, and also with President Bill Clinton in the White House. Clinton's Selective Service draft status
was part of the dramatic backdrop the week of the game, and HHNC includes reaction from Arkansas ROTC director Eugene Holmes,
a survivor of the Bataan Death March, about it. Holmes, the father-in-law of Arkansas running back Bill Burnett, had not spoken
of his dealings with Clinton since an affidavit and Clinton's angst-filled letter to him were released in th 1992 presidential
campaign. But given us praise of the book, it's safe to assume he was treated fairly in its pages, especially since maneuvering
to avoid Vietnam service was a bi-partiisan phenomenon.
The first signing was in Austin as TerryFrei toured Texas
and Arkansas at the time of the book's release. At right, Frei signs at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock.
At left, Terry Frei signs a book for Deb
Ploetz, wife of Texas defensive tackle Greg Ploetz, ar the teams'joint reunion in 2004. Deb Ploetz eventually filed a CTE-related
lawsuit against the NCAA after her husband's death and agreed to a settlement early in the trial.
Terry Frei and Freddie Steinmark as Wheat
Ridge High School Farmers baseball captains.
Terry Frei interviewed 65 for the book in 2001 and '02, most in person whenever possible.
Among them were:
Texas tackle Bob McKay, Texas tight end Randy Peschel.
Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery and fullback Bruce Maxwell.
Texas defensive lineman Bill Zapalac and linebacker Julius Whittier.
Arkansas guard Jerry Dossey and tackle Mike Kelson.
Texas halfback Ted Koy and linebacker Scott Henderson.
Arkansas receivers Chuck Dicus and Jon Rees.
Kickers Happy Feller of Texas and Bill McClard of Arkansas.
Arkansas halfback Bill Burnett and linebacker Mike Boschetti.
Arkansas defensive back Dennis Berner and coach Frnk Broyles
Arkansas student, Vietnam vet and war protester Don Dunner.