- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Tuxedo Press (April 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977448606
- ISBN-13: 978-0977448609
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,393,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keep A-Goin': The Life of Lone Star Dietz Paperback – April 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
There is an old proverb that says, "A man is known by the company he keeps." Some of William Lone Star's best friends were Knute Rockne, Glen "Pop" Warner, Jim Thorpe. Let's listen what these immortals of football history had to say about Dietz. Knute Rockne said, "I consider him one of the greatest coaches in the game...." Pop Warner said, "Jim Thorpe, Lone Star ... still rank among the all-time stars of football." Why are Rockne, Warner and Thorpe household names and not Dietz when it comes to football?
George Preston Marshall,the Redskins franchise founder and owner, named the franchise in honor of him, but how did Marshall see him after he only coached two seasons? Marshall described Dietz as "a genius ...an innovative, brilliant strategist."
Just who was this William Lone Star Dietz who was held in such high esteem by giants in football history?Read more ›
Author Tom Benjey's writing style is fluid and eloquent, but at the same time comfortable and immediate, as if he were relating this captivating tale in your living room. Chapter 12, on how World War I started and what happened in America while it was being fought, is superb; it is a reminder to those of us who know history, and to those who don't, and who think we are currently "losing our freedom," an eye-opener and a great lesson to be learned. There are many themes in this biography to hold one's interest: The early years of college football and sports in general, told in a way that even a "sports ignoramus" like me can appreciate, Native American studies and art, and so much more, all tied to the exciting if chaotic life of Lone Star Dietz.
The black and white illustrations are fabulous, done mostly by Lone Star or his wife Angel DeCora.Read more ›
Lone Star Dietz was born in 1885, the son of an American Indian woman and a German father, a man who suffered the prejudices of being a half breed, a man who was discredited by his refusing to enter the armed forces during WW I, yet a gifted artist and athlete and actor and showman who added immeasurably to the manner in which football is played today, who elevated the regard for native American art, and who was a mover who helped launch the now famous Rose Bowl football games that brought success to the popular Rose Parade that began its ongoing New Year's Day spotlight in 1915!
One would think that a man of so many talents would be a household name in this country: certainly his achievements and colorful lifestyle merit such renown. But it takes a champion such as Tom Benjey to place him so fully before us. Benjey's no-nonsense writing style offers the facts and the photos, the trials and the art, and the rather overzealous exposition (for the non-sports minded reader) of Dietz' contributions to the game of football. But for this reader the aspect of this publication hat makes it a delight to read is the Epilogue at the end of the book where Benjey addresses us, the reader, with his own thoughts about Dietz' controversial life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (9/06)
The Rose bowl Game of 1916 changed the face of American College football. Read more
Keep A-Goin': The Life Of Lone Star Dietz by Tom Benjey is the remarkable, inspiring and distinctive biography of Billy Dietz, who was a winning athlete in his own right, a... Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
Tom Benjey's biography of the multi-talented and flamboyant Billy`Lone Star' Dietz, the part Sioux football coach, artist, actor, singer is absolutely spellbinding.. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by Ray Ward
Review from the Journal of the College Football Historical Society, Vol. XIX, No. II, February 2006 by Ray Schmidt, editor. Read morePublished on March 29, 2006 by Angel DeCora