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Bill Horlacher

Bill Horlacher is a native of Happy Valley, a 1970 graduate of State College High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn State (journalism). He has spent his last 30 years in service to international students, helping them with personal, cultural and spiritual adjustments to America. After 39 years of living in California, Maryland and Texas, Bill returned to State College in 2013 along with his wife, Kathy.

Articles by Bill Horlacher

Paw Prints, Rotten Tomatoes and Other Memories of State High vs. Bellefonte
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Paw Prints, Rotten Tomatoes and Other Memories of State High vs. Bellefonte
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Although the ending of the State College-Bellefonte football rivalry was unavoidable, it was also tragic. Gone were all the formal traditions that had developed between 1890 and 1999 — the pep rallies, bonfires and parades. Also gone were the mischievous capers that stemmed from Centre County’s [Read More]
Penn State, Ohio State and a Shocking Result from the Distant Past
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Penn State, Ohio State and a Shocking Result from the Distant Past
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If you’re like me, you’re sobered by that list of factors which favor the enemy. So if you need a little hope, consider one special game from the distant past — the 1964 victory by Penn State in the Horseshoe. Yes, it helped shape my pre-game hunch last year. And perhaps more important, it’s [Read More]
John Black: The Man Behind The Football Letter for 42 Years and Counting
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John Black: The Man Behind The Football Letter for 42 Years and Counting
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
John Black is now serving in his 42nd year as the writer of The Football Letter. As we talked, the concept of “success” seemed relatively unimportant. As successful as he has been, I sensed that’s not the key to understanding him. Instead, I realized that the “goodness” of John Black overs [Read More]
Doug Arnold: The Little-Known Pillar of State College Football Success
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Doug Arnold: The Little-Known Pillar of State College Football Success
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He was an unlikely candidate for a coaching position in football, but over the course of 32 years, Doug Arnold led State College's ninth grade team to a 168-75-7 record and five undefeated seasons before finally retiring from the role this summer. [Read More]
Stories from the Stands: Longtime Beaver Stadium Ushers Have Seen It All
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Stories from the Stands: Longtime Beaver Stadium Ushers Have Seen It All
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
They’ve seen it all, and they have the stories to prove it. Consider that during a Penn State game, all eyes are focused on the playing field where 22 individuals are doing remarkable things. But the ushers are watching those 107,000 people in the stands who are also doing remarkable things. [Read More]
Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
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Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Over the course of 20 interviews, new international students at Penn State -- despite the anxieties that come from adjusting to a new location -- offered glowing comments about State College’s friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. [Read More]
When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
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When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
By any measure, Ryan Westmoreland’s professional baseball career was off to a spectacular start, but a medical condition brought it to a dramatic end. Then a young Red Sox fan from State College helped lift the spirits of the heartbroken outfielder. [Read More]
These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
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These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
For the Saxtons, the Cunninghams and the volunteers of ICF, helping international students feel at home and handle challenges is a calling. [Read More]
Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
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Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was 1960, and a man named Chuck Herlocher had just moved to State College and opened Herlocher’s BBQ. Suddenly, my family started getting telephone orders for Chuck’s delicious pizza or rotisserie chicken, available through home delivery. [Read More]
Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Led by a sterling effort on the mound and at the plate by Braedyn Kormanic, Bellefonte Little League downed State College, 11-1, to capture the District 5 championship and advance to the sectional tournament. [Read More]
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