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Aug. 17, 2004

'Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet' Author To Appear In UI Booth Aug. 18

Iowa City children's author and illustrator Claudia McGehee will sign copies of her new book "A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet" in the University of Iowa's booth at the 2004 Iowa State Fair Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The signing, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is part of the University of Iowa Press's Iowa Grows Books presentation, which will also include a display and sale of other UI Press titles. And from 3 to 8 p.m. the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Mathematics will present Computing in Math, an interactive demonstration of the computer materials used in the university's new engineering math program.

Featured in the Athletics Hall of Fame area Wednesday will be James Winters, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Chuck Hartlieb, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hawkeye basketball's Winters toured with the Big Ten All-Stars through Europe for an eight-game exhibition in the summer of 1993 and was ranked second on the team as a junior in rebounding (5.5) and had a career best 18 rebounds vs. American University.

Hartlieb was 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.

Also scheduled to appear in the Hall of Fame area Wednesday is longtime sports announcer Jim Zabel, although the time of his appearance has not yet been determined. Zabel, who replaced Ronald Reagan at WHO in Des Moines, went on to call Iowa sporting events for over 50 years.

In the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics area, UI Community HomeCare will be distributing information about their services from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prizes up for grabs in Wednesday's daily drawings include Iowa vs. Air Force basketball tickets; Touchdown Iowa Highlight Videos (two drawings); 2003 Commemorative Season Tickets; a Hawkeye sweatshirt; a Hawkeye cap; an Alumni T-shirt; a Squeeze Herky; an Alumni Association Football Calendar; and an Alumni Association Pen/Pencil Set and Calculator.

Throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, the UI will offer a wide variety of exciting exhibits, presentations, visits by special guests (including Herky and the UI cheerleading and dance teams), free posters and temporary tattoos and daily drawings for free Iowa tickets, merchandise and more. This year's booth theme, as last year, is "Iowa: Your University."

The Iowa booth is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.

For the full UI fair schedule, visit

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

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