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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2003

UI State Fair Booth To Feature Hawkeye Sports Luminaries

University of Iowa sports fans will be in "Hawk Heaven" during the 2003 Iowa State Fair, when former Hawkeye athletes, sports personalities and other luminaries make appearances to discuss their careers, sign autographs and mingle with fairgoers.

Appearing in the UI booth, which will be located in the Varied Industries Building on the fairgrounds, will be:

* Bob Hansen (2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8), who played Hawkeye basketball on the last Iowa Final Four team as well as with the Utah Jazz and world champion Chicago Bulls. Hansen is currently an analyst for Hawkeye basketball broadcasts.

* Amy Herrig (12-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9), a Hawkeye women's basketball standout and former WNBA player.

* Matt Bullard (2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9), a former Hawkeye basketball player who went on to earn an NBA championship ring while playing for the Houston Rockets in 1994. His career three-point field goal percentage ranks among NBA leaders.

* Bob Brooks (2-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10), a longtime broadcaster who for 50 years did play-by-play coverage of Hawkeye football and basketball. Brooks began his career at WSUI and worked at KCRG and KHAK before assuming his current post at KMRY. Brooks was the recipient of the 2002 Chris Schenkel Award, which is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. The award, named for legendary college football announcer Chris Schenkel, is given to a college football broadcaster.

* Jim Zabel (6-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11; Tuesday, Aug. 12 and Wednesday, Aug. 13), who replaced Ronald Reagan as WHO Radio's sportscaster. Zabel covered Iowa football games for 50 years on WHO, and during numerous seasons served as host of the Iowa basketball and football coaches' radio and television shows.

* Bill Reichardt (3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12), former Hawkeye football star, is one of only eight Hawkeyes to have earned Big Ten MVP honors (in 1951), and the Chicago Tribune Silver Trophy that accompanies it. He was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors in 1950 and 1951 and Hawkeye Team MVP in 1951. He is a longtime Des Moines businessman and former candidate for Iowa governor. In 2000 he was named a member of the First Team Offense of the Gannett News UI All-Time Football Team, and in 1989 fans selected him for Special Mention on both offense and defense on the Hawkeye All-Time Team.

* Chuck Hartlieb (4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13), is a record-holding quarterback during the Hayden Fry era of Hawkeye football. Hartlieb holds several Hawkeye records for individual game bests, including passing for 558 yards and 44 completions of 60 attempts against Indiana in 1988 and seven touchdowns against Northwestern in 1987. He was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors in 1987 and 1988 and was co-Hawkeye Team MVP (with Marv Cook and Dave Haight) in 1987.

* Gary Dolphin (12-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15), the current "Voice of the Hawkeyes" for Iowa football and basketball and host of the Iowa football and basketball coaches' radio and television shows.

* Ed Podolak (2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16), former Hawkeye football star, received First Team All-Big Ten status in 1968 as a tailback, when he was selected for First Team All-Big Ten honors and Hawkeye Team MVP. He went on to enjoy a stellar NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs (1969-1977). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in 1970. Today, Podolak analyzes Iowa football on the radio.

* Laura Podolak (2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16), former Hawkeye basketball player and former sports editor of the Daily Iowan newspaper.

Herky and the UI cheerleaders will visit the UI booth several times during the run of the fair: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14, 15 and 16. Visitors will be able to see displays of Floyd of Rosedale (a bronze trophy that goes to the winner of each game between Iowa and the University of Minnesota), the 2001 Sylvania Alamo Bowl trophy and a display highlighting significant people and events in Hawkeye athletic history. They can also get free Hawkeye tattoos and posters and may enter daily drawings for dozens of great prizes, including autographed sports merchandise and Big 10 football tickets.

Athletics won't be the only game in town. The UI booth will also feature dozens of interactive exhibits and demonstrations covering science, medicine, archaeology, calligraphy and renewable energy, among others.

For the latest information about the UI's presence at the Iowa State Fair, go to

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,

OTHER INFORMATION: Reporters who want to arrange an interview with any of the Hawkeye sports personalities may contact Dale Arens, director of the Hawkeye Hall of Fame, at or 319-384-1031.