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5430 Westheimer
Houston, TX  77056
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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Asher Price/Author and Dave Barron/Sports Reporter

Earl Campbell - the book and the memories

Earl Campbell, Yards after Contact by Asher Price/Energy Journalism FellowPublished September 2019/University of Texas Press

Asher Price, Author

Asher Price, a Capitol bureau reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, grew up in New York City and has lived in Texas 15 years. He loves barbecue and football. Asher studied English at Yale and has graduate degrees from Oxford and Columbia in public policy and journalism.

Asher Price writes about energy, the environment and state politics for the Austin American-Statesman. Three times the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award.

He is the author of Year of the Dunk, a memoir about basketball, cancer and the frontiers of human potential, and co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush, the backstory about how the oil-and-gas state became the country's top producer of wind power. 

UT Press description:

Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. An exhilarating blend of biography and history, Earl Campbell chronicles the challenges and sacrifices one supremely gifted athlete faced in his journey to the Hall of Fame. The story begins in Tyler, Texas, and features his indomitable mother, a crusading judge, and a newly integrated high school, then moves to Austin, home of the University of Texas (infamously, the last all-white national champion in college football), where legendary coach Darrell Royal stakes his legacy on recruiting Campbell. Later, in booming, Luv-Ya-Blue Houston, Campbell reaches his peak with beloved coach Bum Phillips, who celebrates his star runner’s bruising style even as it takes its toll on Campbell’s body.

Drawing on new interviews and research, Asher Price reveals how a naturally reticent kid from the country who never sought the spotlight struggled with complex issues of race and health. In an age when concussion revelations and player protest against racial injustice rock the NFL, Campbell’s life is a timely story of hard-earned success—and heart-wrenching sacrifice.

Dave Barron, Houston Chronicle

Dave Barron, Houston Chronicle Award Winning Sports Reporter (Football Writers Association of America) will share his thirty-year-experiences covering Texas Sports. Dave covered the The Houston Oilers and saw, firsthand, the Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini, the Earl Campbell era as well as the last hurrah season in Houston's Astrodome-1993, featuring, Jack Pardee, Buddy Ryan, Kevin Gilbride, Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews.  And, then, the Houston Oilers left town for Tennessee...

Dave will share his stories of the "Luv Ya Blue" Era and Earl Campbell.

Dave reports on sports media, college football and Olympic sports for the Houston Chronicle. He join in 1990 after stints at the Dallas bureau of United Prss International (1984-90)the Waco Tribune-Herald (1978-84) and the Typeer Morning Telegraph (1975-78). He has been a contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football since 1980, serving as high school editor from 1984 through 2000 and as Managing Editor from 1990 through 2004. A native of Tyler he is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.