Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Blackford County Writers

I may have mentioned earlier that my high school classmate, Ted Kluck, wrote a book about Mike Tyson called Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories. It's a good read - even if you're not a boxing fan (which I'm not). If you're looking for something to read right now, pick it up.

I am currently in midst of reading another book written by another former Blackford County resident. It's called Coaching a Wing-T Based Multiple Offense. Granted, this book doesn't have the appeal that Ted's book does, but it is well written and in-depth in its explanation of the Wing-T offense and how to coach and teach it. That's not my point, anyway. The author of the book, Chuck Shroyer, was my Pee Wee Football coach. He was the man who taught me how to run the option and had enough confidence to let the 12 year-old version of me read the end and make my own decision on the keep or pitch. It was the first time he had let a Pee Wee quarterback do such a thing. A pretty proud moment for me. It was also the beginning of my love affair with the game of football.

Anyway, these are two guys that I grew up with and shared football fields with and they've each written a pretty impressive book.

Maybe I'll get my ass in gear and write one someday.


  1. Chuck Shroyer was my pee wee football coach as well. Amvets Raiders. Won the championship with Chuck in the mid 80's. I had no clue I'd find something on the internet about him. What a small world.

  2. I think Chuck won the championship with the Amvets Raiders almost every season. I played for Chuck in the mid to late 80's as well.

  3. David1:48 PM

    Teenage Hobos by Harry Bohr is another great Blackford County read. I don't know if Harry is still alive, but he was just a few years ago and he was splitting time between Hawaii and Indiana. I don't think its "in print" but you can find a copy on Amazon:

    Harry sold me my copy out of the back of his car.

    It tells the story of Harry and his friend who were living in Hartford City during the Great Depression and decided to hop a rail headed East. Good read.