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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

Author! Author!
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Author! Author!
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As a kid I never imagined that I would someday know someone who wrote a book. It was inconceivable. As I sit here today in Happy Valley, this mecca of authorship, it turns out I know many people who have written books. [Read More]
3 Simple Things to Prepare Now Before Winter Truly Sets In
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3 Simple Things to Prepare Now Before Winter Truly Sets In
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The imminent arrival of our long, cold and light-challenged winter, however, means we should properly plan to make the best of it. There are three things you should seriously consider preparing in advance before the deep freeze sets in. [Read More]
In Celebration of Redheads
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In Celebration of Redheads
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Of the many out-of-the-ordinary aspects of our daughter’s birth, she not only beat the odds of arriving (most in-vitro procedures at that time had a 25% success rate), but she also managed to combine recessive genes from both sides of our family and get a hair color she shares with very few people [Read More]
Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
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Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
7 weeks 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
9 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
11 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
13 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
15 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
17 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
19 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]
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