NEWTON, Iowa – Mike Chapman, a former executive editor of the Dixon Telegraph and the author of 29 books, has written his memoirs, “A Journey: Reflections on 50 Years of Writing, Wrestling, Weightlifting, and Heroes.”
In the book, Chapman talks about the wide range of celebrities he has met throughout his long journalism career – including Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Robert Redford, Lou Ferrigno, Ed Asner, various Olympic champions, and many other stars in the world of sports, entertainment and politics.
He grew up in the 1950s in Waterloo, Iowa, and explains in the book how his love of comic book heroes shaped his attitude toward life.
Chapman also writes about his 3 years in the Navy, during which he was involved in several nerve-wracking events, including time spent working on “ghost ships” from World War II.
A leading historian in the sport of wrestling, Chapman includes many behind-the-scenes stories of pro ring legends such as Lou Thesz and Verne Gagner. He has attended 45 NCAA wrestling championships and has known many of the biggest names in the sport.
All this and more is in the book, which is published by Culture House of Newton. It’s available by sending a check for $24.95 to Culture House, 3830 Harbor Avenue, Newton, IA 50208, or by calling Culture House at 641-791-3072.