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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

The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Song For Each Day
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The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Song For Each Day
242 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The holiday season – family, friends, peace and joy – is a wonderful time of year. For me, especially the music. We're an aural species – just walk around and look at all the folks with earbuds in and headphones on. [Read More]
Don't Shoot! Guns, Protests and Police
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Don't Shoot! Guns, Protests and Police
244 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
You see, when I was a freshman in the fall of 1977, it wasn't possible for any student, regardless of race, to be shot by a police officer on campus. Why? Because Penn State police didn't carry guns. [Read More]
Athletics and Academics: It's Not An Either/Or Scenario
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Athletics and Academics: It's Not An Either/Or Scenario
246 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There are those who would suggest student-athletes are a pox on the true academic mission of Penn State University. I say those people are not only wrong but dangerously so – in that the true academic mission of the university is best served by a great, vibrant and widespread athletics program. [Read More]
Thanksgiving – The Rodney Dangerfield of Holidays
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Thanksgiving – The Rodney Dangerfield of Holidays
248 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Thanksgiving gets no respect. It disappeared and no one even looked for it. December holiday decorations are already up. Santa has presided over the lighting of the tree at the foot of the Allen Street Mall downtown. [Read More]
Is it Time to Give Children a Voice in the Political Process?
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Is it Time to Give Children a Voice in the Political Process?
250 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The first age-restriction surfaced in the 14th Amendment in 1868 – giving the vote to 21 year-old males – and stayed in place until the 26th Amendment a century later. The seeds of a demonstration were planted. [Read More]
Eat Local, Buy Local, Invest Local
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Eat Local, Buy Local, Invest Local
252 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Many of us are eating sustainably-grown local food, buying locally-produced goods, shopping at locally-owned stores. I would like to suggest we add one more option to the do-it-local menu: Invest Local. And for those in a good financial position – I have just the investment opportunity! [Read More]
Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Calculating the 'Real Feel' Age of Experience
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Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Calculating the 'Real Feel' Age of Experience
254 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Last week my wife reminded me that I have a birthday quickly approaching -- something I had been able to conveniently forget. OK, not completely, but enough that I was a little surprised that it was already October again. Why, people have been saying that to me for years – time goes faster as you [Read More]
The Color Run: I Wish I Thought of it First!
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The Color Run: I Wish I Thought of it First!
256 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
“45 Dollars?!” I said. “What race around here charges 45 bucks?” [Read More]
Driving Back to the Future
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Driving Back to the Future
258 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Then on a vacation to Montana in 1992 I hit the mother-lode of driving ecstasy. Standing at the car rental counter at the Missoula airport I asked the rental agent what the speed limit was. She simply said, "Whatever you want to drive." [Read More]
When it Comes to Working Out, Locals Are on the Outside Looking In
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When it Comes to Working Out, Locals Are on the Outside Looking In
260 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I passed the IM building and Rec Hall I saw plenty of athletically-attired students heading inside.I assume they're playing sports or working out. I assume that because – except for those students pedaling stationary bikes or jogging on treadmills in front of the windows – I'll never know. [Read More]
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