Sept. 7, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Tom Benjey, author of "Keep A-goin': The Life of Lone Star Dietz", is conducting a series of talks about the legendary coach here, Sept. 8 and 9.
Benjey will be at The Bookie, Too! (405 NE Stadium Way), Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.; The Bookie on the WSU campus, Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.; and he will be signing books at Hollinberry Track after the WSU-Idaho football game.
In addition, Benjey will make an appearance at the Elliott Bay Book Company, Pioneer Square in Seattle, Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.
Lone Star Dietz led the Washington State football team to its only Rose Bowl victory in 1916 by upsetting the Brown University team that featured Hall-of-Famer Fritz Pollard in the game that established the New Year's Day football tradition.
Lone Star Dietz was a teammate of Jim Thorpe on the legendary Carlisle Indian School football teams, an artist, teacher, singer, movie actor, championship dog breeder, protégé of Pop Warner and Hall-of-Fame-worthy coach in his own right. Lone Star was the most colorful coach to have graced the sidelines and is as controversial 40 plus years after his death as he was in his prime due to his central role in the naming of the Redskins NFL team.
While researching Lone Star's activities at Carlisle, Benjey discovered that modern American football was born 100 years ago at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1906 when Carlisle unleashed Pop Warner's single-wing against Villanova in "the first important game played under the new rules."
More information on Benjey, his book, and Lone Star Dietz can be found at www.LoneStarDietz.com