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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

Maroon & Gray Society’s First Class Led by Unforgettable Teachers
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Maroon & Gray Society’s First Class Led by Unforgettable Teachers
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Carol Gentry came to State High a fresh-faced college grad who became an educational powerhouse. Steve Gentry was already well-known at the school when he returned to spend a career guiding students and athletes. And Marion Bressler was a caring and devoted teacher who brought history to life for he [Read More]
Tales from the Lion: Graduates Reminisce While in Line at the Shrine
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Tales from the Lion: Graduates Reminisce While in Line at the Shrine
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
They arrived as lowly freshmen who were forced to live in “supplemental housing,” that draconian dormitory arrangement that puts eight fledgling students into one crowded lounge. Now, nearly four years later, they stand in line together to experience one of Penn State’s great traditions. [Read More]
How Ira Lubert Helped Build a Penn State Wrestling Dynasty
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How Ira Lubert Helped Build a Penn State Wrestling Dynasty
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He’s certainly not the principal figure in the development of Penn State’s wrestling dynasty. He’s also not the most dramatic contributor to our Sanderson-era memories. But Ira Lubert — a 1970s heavyweight and loyal Penn State alum — has certainly played a major role in the building of a H [Read More]
Is There Any Hope for Penn State’s Fraternities?
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Is There Any Hope for Penn State’s Fraternities?
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Perhaps we need another dose of media coverage so we will never revert to any pre-Piazza notion that “boys will be boys” and that fraternity hijinks are as funny as those depicted in National Lampoon’s “Animal House.” I think some outrage here in Happy Valley is still justified. And so is [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: Ironhead Offers an Insider’s View of Cael’s Crew
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Penn State Wrestling: Ironhead Offers an Insider’s View of Cael’s Crew
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
No one offers more insightful commentary on Penn State wrestling than Jeff Byers. The man they call “Ironhead” has been broadcasting PSU’s matches over radio since 1990. So, at this special time of the year for mat enthusiasts, I enjoyed my chance to get a personal recap of the season from Iro [Read More]
Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
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Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
13 weeks 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
15 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
18 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
21 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
23 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]
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