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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

Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
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Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
5 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Frank Garis is an unforgettable man, that’s for sure. But what makes him special, other than the fact that he’s served for 53 years as a volunteer for State College school sports? Maybe it’s the way that Frank combines traits that rarely fit together in one life. And that he's rock-solid reli [Read More]
His Tragic 1978 Death Helped Give Life to Others Through THON
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His Tragic 1978 Death Helped Give Life to Others Through THON
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
No doubt, some alumni from the late 1970s will battle painful memories as the 40th anniversary of Kevin Steinberg’s death approaches. But those who have closely followed the history of THON also know that Kevin’s passing also yielded a huge positive — it helped to cement the permanent partners [Read More]
Growing Up with Joe
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Growing Up with Joe
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He was just “Joe” to them, their father’s co-worker who needed a place to live and who ended up staying in their home for nine years. That was long before this not-so-ordinary Joe became the most recognizable figure on the Penn State campus. Or the most famous person to ever reside in State Co [Read More]
The Old Pennsylvania Mirror: When a Morning Newspaper Went to Sleep
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The Old Pennsylvania Mirror: When a Morning Newspaper Went to Sleep
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Forty years ago this week, central Pennsylvania’s upstart daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Mirror, was laid to rest when its final edition appeared on Dec. 31, 1977. The Mirror is dead, buried and forgotten. But how could the unforgettable Mirror ever be forgotten? [Read More]
Santa’s Best Gift to Coaches’ Kids: A Bowl Game
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Santa’s Best Gift to Coaches’ Kids: A Bowl Game
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Some of the coaches’ kids from the 1960s and 1970s were my friends as we attended State College area schools. Even four or five decades after going to bowl games with their parents, they still bubble over with exciting memories. No wonder. These “kids” were in a thrilling environment and they [Read More]
What’s Up, Nico? Mega Man Weighs in on Penn State Wrestling
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What’s Up, Nico? Mega Man Weighs in on Penn State Wrestling
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Nico Megaludis finally claimed an elusive individual national title as a senior in 2016. He talks about the past, present and future, his Penn State career and the 2017-18 team with its “Murderers’ Row” of national champions in five consecutive weights. [Read More]
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
14 weeks 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
17 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
19 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
22 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]
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