More About the Author
John U. Bacon has worked the better part of two decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.
He is the author or coauthor of seven books on sports and business, including "Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership" (2007), which became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and "Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football" (2011), which debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
On Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids) he appears Thursday afternoons "Stateside with Cynthia Canty," and Friday mornings provides his sports commentaries. He also talks Friday mornings on the Michigan Insider at WTKA.com (1050 AM, Ann Arbor-Detroit), and frequently speaks on NPR's "Here & Now" with Robin Young. He also contributes to documentaries on HBO, ESPN and the Big Ten Network, and appears on ESPN, FOX Business and MSNBC.
Bacon has been sought out to give speeches for financial companies such as Merrill Lynch and Ameriprise, auto manufacturers like Chrysler and Subaru, and international corporations like Microsoft Brazil and Copersucar, from Taipei to Toledo, and Seattle to Sao Palo. In 2011 the Michigan chapter of Meeting Planners International (MPI) named him Speaker of the Year. He also teaches at Northwesterns' Medill School of Journalism, and the University of Michigan, where he won the Golden Apple Award in 2009. in 2006, he was inducted into the Ann Arbor Huron High School Hall of Fame for helping to lead the hockey team from the worst in school history to the best in three seasons.
Bacon is a decent hockey player, a mediocre Spanish speaker and a poor piano player, but that has not prevented him from enjoying all three.