February 22, 2003


Iowa - "The Hawkeye State"

Crystal: "Iowa...beautiful scenry...lotz of nice people:D Ive lived here all my life n it isnt that bad..FREEDOM !* honestly!*"

BillH: "How about Iowa!

1. Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. Come see the Field of Dreams.
2. Birthplace of The Duke - John Wayne.
3. The Bridges of Madison County - right here in Madison County!
4. Birthplace of the computer - the Atanasoff-Berry Computer at Iowa State University campus, the oldest ancestor of the PC you are using now. (Older than ENIAC)
5. Birthplace of the facsimile machine (FAX) also at Iowa State University campus.
6. The #1 producer of corn in the US. (Yeah, we do that, too)
7. The national headquarters of the ACT college testing program.
8. What place in the US has Hobo Days other than Britt, Iowa?
9. The storyline writer for Dick Tracy - Iowa's own Max Alan Collins of Muscatine. He also wrote Road to Perdition.
10. International headquarters for United Marriage Encounter (UME) - the largest Christian marriage group in the world.
11. World-famous mini-marathon called the Bix 7; a 7 mile race in Davenport that attracts Olympians and locals. All to honor one of the jazz greats Bix Beiderbecke.
12. Home of Nile Kinnick. The U of I football stadium is named for him. Heisman Trophy winner who was lost in the Pacific in WWII.
13. Home to Central College, who holds the NCAA football record of 43 straight winning seasons.
14. Birthplace of Kurt Warner! Rams QB and NFL MVP, Superbowl MVP. He went to the University of Northern Iowa."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 08:01 AM

If you like bacon and sausage, you'd better thank Iowa... Iowa produces a huge amount of pork products. Plus, Iowa is also the (future) birthplace of Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk.

Posted by: John on February 24, 2003 12:53 PM

Ahh... Iowa! A small, sweet-smellin' piece of heaven (well, except for the cow manure). No, seriously! I spent a good part of my childhood years growing up in the heart-of-the-heartland. Cedar Falls, Iowa to be exact. It was a safe place to grow up. Cedar Falls has beautiful parks and lots of recreational opportunities including an awesome bike-route and frisbee golf. It's a place where you can ride your bike and not have to worry about getting mugged or hit by a crazy Yankee driver! ;)

I could go on and on, but let me say this... even after being away from Iowa for almost a Decade now, I still miss it and wish that I could raise my son in a place as wholesome as the heartland.

Posted by: Liz on February 25, 2003 05:42 PM

A quick correction on Nile Kinnick, 'the Cornfield Comet', one of those rare athletes who actually deserves the title "hero" - Kinnick was killed in a carrier training flight off the coast of Venezuela in 1943. According to witnesses, his plane became disabled and he ditched it into the Carribean rather than risk the lives of the deck crew. His body was never recovered.

Kinnick was an outstanding athlete AND student; class president, he went on to law school where he was top in his class and named to the law review. Though he died at 25, he was a serious thinker whose kept beautifully written journals detailing his thoughts on law and philosophy. He had ambitions for politics and some believe he could have ascended to the presidency.

Kinnick's yardage records have long been eclipsed, and his exploits on the field are dimming in memory, but his Heisman Award speech will remain immortal:

"If you will permit me, I'd like to make a comment which in my mind is indicative, perhaps, of the greater significance of football, and sports emphasis in general in this country, and that is, I thank God I was warring on the gridirons of the Midwest, and not on the battlefields of Europe. I can speak confidently and positively that the players of this country, would much more, much rather struggle and fights to win the Heisman award, than the Croix de Guerre."


Posted by: iowahawk on March 8, 2003 09:21 AM

Besides Nile Kinnick, here's a list of some of my favorite Iowans:

1. Norman Borlaug. Who? Plant geneticist/biologist and father of the postwar "green revolution" which increased crop yields around the world. By some estimates, his tireless efforts have saved as many as a billion people from starvation worldwide. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

2. John R. Mott. Who? Iowa's other Nobel Peace Prize winner. How many does your state have?

3. Meredith Wilson. Creator of the headspinning score and lyrics of the best damned musical ever, 'The Music Man.' Also penned the U of I fight song.

4. Esther and Pauline Lederer. Two nice Jewish twins from Sioux City who went on to fame as Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers.

5. Slipnot - who says Iowans can't RAWWWWWK?

6. Halston - who says Iowans can't be fabulous?

7. Ashton Kutcher His stoner act from That 70s Show and Dude Where's My Car belies a smart guy, a biomedical engineering student at U of I.

8. Jean Seberg Believe it or not, this tragic femme fatale of French cinema was a graduate of Mason City High.

Posted by: iowahawk on March 8, 2003 09:51 AM

Oh cripes, I forgot...

9. Bob Feller. 'Rapid Robert.' 'The Heater from Van Meter.' WWII hero. Arguably the greatest pitcher of all time, a farmboy phenom who struck out 15 batters in his first major league appearance at age 18. Volunteered for the Navy at 23 and became a highly decorated Anti-aircraft gunner on the USS Alabama. Despite the 4 year military hiatus, in his career he won 266 games (46 shutouts), striking out 2581 batters.

Posted by: iowahawk on March 8, 2003 10:07 AM