More About the Author
Terry Frei of The Denver Post is the author of the current release "Olympic Affair: Hitler's Siren and America's Hero." It is his sixth book and second novel. He'll return to non-fiction with "March 1939: Before the Madness," also from Taylor Trade, scheduled for a February 6, 2014 release.
Frei's non-fiction books are "Playing Piano in a Brothel" (2010), "'77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age" (2008), "Third Down and a War to Go" (2007), and "Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming" (2002).
"The Witch's Season" (2009) is a roman a clef novel based on his observations and experiences in Eugene as the son of a college football coach in a tumultuous time on one of the nation's cauldron campuses.
Frei also has written three screenplays, done consulting work in the film industry, and taken voluminous mental notes.
He was raised in Eugene, Oregon, where his father, Jerry, was a fixture on the University of Oregon football staff and the Ducks' head coach for five seasons. When Jerry Frei moved to the NFL, beginning a 30-year stay in pro football as a coach, scout and administrator, Terry moved to Colorado at age 17. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver area and has degrees in history and journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Frei is in his second stint at the Post. In his 1985-95 hiatus, he was sports columnist at the Oregonian in Portland and then a pro and college football writer for The Sporting News. The highlights of his work for the St. Louis-based magazine were major stories, most of them cover pieces, on eventual Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Thurman Thomas, Michael Irvin, and Larry Allen.
Frei also was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on a freelance basis for eight years. He has won numerous journalism awards and has been named sportswriter of the year multiple times in Oregon and Colorado. He has extensive experience in radio hosting and television guest appearances. On the newspaper front, he has covered the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL as a beatwriter and/or columnist; and has attended many World Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and major boxing events.
Frei is a frequent at schools and events, including at veterans-oriented functions. He has delivered the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture in honor of the World War II pilot and longtime Congressman; spoken at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, and at Lambeau Field; and was a keynote speaker at the World War II Glider Conference in 2010, when he appeared with many surviving heroes, including Lt. Col. Jim Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne.
He and his wife, Helen, live in Denver.