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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

Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later
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Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later
120 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was an athletic tragedy that hit home with equal impact on the Penn State campus and in the State College community. No, it wasn’t a defeat in the win-loss column; it was a death suffered by a track and field competitor. [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling’s Jeff Byers: The Maestro at the Microphone
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Penn State Wrestling’s Jeff Byers: The Maestro at the Microphone
122 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
You’ve enjoyed Nittany Lion triumphs because of a truly remarkable radio announcer. Yes, the Lions not only have an incredible coach who has recruited and trained some incredible wrestlers. They also have a maestro at the microphone, a man named Jeff Byers. [Read More]
My Unforgettable Glimpse of JoePa
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My Unforgettable Glimpse of JoePa
124 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
My encounters with Joe Paterno were ordinary on the surface. But 40 years later, I'm still amazed by the connection he made between two brief exchanges. [Read More]
When Heartbreak Comes at Christmas
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When Heartbreak Comes at Christmas
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
My father-in-law shook me awake on the morning of a Dec. 23 that I will never forget. “Bill,” he said, “your mother just called…” [Read More]
When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
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When State High Was King of the Mat: The Homer Barr Era
131 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was a team led by an even-keeled coach who allowed himself one wacky superstition — he wore pink socks and a pink bow tie with his gray suit. And it was comprised of a bunch of professors’ kids who somehow dominated foes who typically had more muscle. [Read More]
My 7 Happy Valley Reasons to Give Thanks
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My 7 Happy Valley Reasons to Give Thanks
133 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Thanksgiving has always been a joyful holiday for me, whether I was living in California, Maryland or Texas. But having returned to my hometown after an absence of 39 years, I can honestly say there's no better perch for celebrating Thanksgiving than right here in State College. [Read More]
From State High to LSU & the Steelers: Our Own Mike Archer
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From State High to LSU & the Steelers: Our Own Mike Archer
135 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Mike Archer isn't coaching this fall — it's one of only two non-coaching seasons in his last 40 years. So it's a good time to reflect on the past with this 1971 graduate of State College Area High School, a life that has combined success, a bit of comedy and a large dose of tragedy. [Read More]
Why I'm Looking for a Big Upset Over Ohio State
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Why I'm Looking for a Big Upset Over Ohio State
138 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Most people are expecting an easy win for Ohio State when the Buckeyes invade Beaver Stadium on Saturday night. But I'm calling for a win by the Nittany Lions. Maybe I'm too sentimental but the most compelling reason for hope is lodged in my youthful memories. I can close my eyes and picture mysel [Read More]
Memories of College Heights School: Where We Learned All We Really Need to Know
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Memories of College Heights School: Where We Learned All We Really Need to Know
139 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
College Heights Elementary was something special, a jewel of a school that served up heaping portions of warmth and security to the neighborhood’s little Baby Boomers [Read More]
Are There Any Real Nittany Lions Remaining?
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Are There Any Real Nittany Lions Remaining?
142 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
The federal government declared the Eastern cougar, or mountain lion, extinct, and experts say there is no evidence to the contrary. But some eyewitnesses swear what they saw was not a bobcat but an actual mountain lion roaming the Keystone State. [Read More]
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