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John Hook

John Hook is the president of The Hook Group, a local management consulting firm, and active in several nonprofit organizations. Previously John spent 25 years in executive, management and marketing positions with regional and national firms. John lives in Ferguson Township with his wife Jackie and their two children.

Articles by John Hook

Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
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Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
What an adventure! 110,000 people crammed into the night on about 16 acres of land, all surrounding and focused on a patch of illuminated grass 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide, screaming at the top of their lungs. Now that’s an exciting and remarkable experience. [Read More]
Words of Wisdom from 60 Years of Life
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Words of Wisdom from 60 Years of Life
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In honor of this milestone I felt that I would take a few moments to pass along some words of wisdom that I have collected during my 60 years on the planet. These are sayings, thoughts, quotes and quips which have made a strong impression on me, and it seems fitting that having reached this age I sh [Read More]
The White Lies of Language
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The White Lies of Language
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Our fervent search for the truth in words makes me wonder if there are some words or terminology we use regularly that just don’t mean what they say anymore — words that deaden our senses to the onslaught of misleading information we’re met with every day. I took a quick poll around and here a [Read More]
15 Minutes of Social Media Fame
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15 Minutes of Social Media Fame
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Back in 1968 Andy Warhold wrote that ”In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Social media has made that more realistic every day and last week our own household had a slight brush with this internet-fueled fame that could be the realization of Warhol’s prediction. [Read More]
Don't Take Their Word for It: The Geographic Lies of Sports and Airports
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Don't Take Their Word for It: The Geographic Lies of Sports and Airports
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
If you watched any of the games the last two weeks you saw that the broadcast network for the Little League World Series used graphics touting the location of the event as Williamsport, PA. Except, the Little League World Series does not take place in Williamsport, PA. [Read More]
Why Tuition-Free College Might Not Be That Far Off
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Why Tuition-Free College Might Not Be That Far Off
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Free college tuition for everyone. Now that’s a topic that might garner some interest here in Happy Valley, home as we are to the largest university in the state by enrollment, and where our address says it all: State College, PA. [Read More]
A Family Trip, Mythbusters and the Bittersweet Goodbye to a Child Off to College
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A Family Trip, Mythbusters and the Bittersweet Goodbye to a Child Off to College
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s almost August, which means it’s that time of year where mothers across America begin to realize that departure is imminent — the departure of their children as they pack up and leave for college for the first time. [Read More]
Like Penn State Does, Local Community Should Do What's in Its Own Best Interest
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Like Penn State Does, Local Community Should Do What's in Its Own Best Interest
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Penn State has shown they are moving away from the good-neighbor policies of years past and focusing on what they claim is in their best interest. We, the residents of Happy Valley, need to act similarly. [Read More]
Make Giving Back a Positive Experience for Our Youth
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Make Giving Back a Positive Experience for Our Youth
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
We are a generous people here in Happy Valley and the Centre Region and have many ways to give back. When requiring our youth to volunteer, we should make it a positive experience that will help them on a lifelong path of giving to others. [Read More]
For Parents, Time with Kids Is Shorter Than It Seems, So Make the Moments Count
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For Parents, Time with Kids Is Shorter Than It Seems, So Make the Moments Count
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Seize those experiences as a parent. When your children arrive – in whatever form or time – you think you have forever. Many days may seem like they last forever. But the time is finite and you have a lot less of it than you think. The years you have solely with your children will account for le [Read More]
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