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Denny Dressman
Denny Dressman published his sixth book, HEARD but not SEEN: Richard Nixon, Frank Robinson and The All-Star Game's most debated play” (ComServ Books), in 2015. Visit to learn more about his books or to contact him.

Denny was a reporter, columnist, editor and senior executive during a 43-year daily newspaper career. He is a 2008 inductee into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame, and is a past recipient of the Ohio Associated Press Sports Editors’ award for Best Sports Column as well as numerous other writing awards, including the Colorado Authors' League 2015 award for best magazine feature. He was president of the Colorado Press Association, the trade organization representing the state’s daily and weekly newspapers, in 1993.

Among his other books are Sterling Heroes of World War II; Eddie Robinson: ". . . he was the Martin Luther King of football" and two dealing with diabetes: Yes I Can! Yes You Can! Tackle Diabetes and WIN! and The Diabetes Antidote. The Eddie Robinson biography received finalist awards for biography, in the 2010 Colorado Book Awards, and for historical nonfiction, in the 2010 Next Generation Indie National Book Awards. Denny has edited four books in addition to the six he has authored.

Entries by Denny Dressman

Black History Month's Glaring Omission

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 5:56 PM

Black History Month is here, again.

And again, I am mystified how Eddie Robinson can be excluded from those public service announcements on TV and the tribute ads in newspapers that recognize the contributions of African American men and women who helped change this nation's culture.

Who can quarrel...

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The Stephanopoulos Verdict: Nothing Less Than Williams Got

(13) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Today's question before the court (of public opinion) involves network news anchors Brian Williams and George Stephanopoulos.

Is one's crime against media credibility and public trust worse than the other's?

Williams embellished (many would say lied about) the extent of his personal involvement in the coverage of major news events,...

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For Longhorns, a Lifetime of Change Now Complete

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:11 PM

What would Bubba say if he were around to see this?

The news that Charlie Strong, an African American, has been hired to be the next head football coach at the University of Texas.

The photo of UT president Bill Powers seated beside Strong at the press conference, shaking hands...

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A Black History Perspective for 111 Million Americans

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 3:21 PM

Step back in time for a minute. Recall, if you can, where you were in 1961, or what you have learned about the early 1960s.

It was 50 years ago, and the Civil Rights Movement was just gaining momentum.

In May that year, the Congress on Racial Equality -- CORE...

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Recalling and Living Up to the Great Example of Coach Rob

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 3:30 PM

When the coach, an assistant at South Carolina State, approached me at my book booth at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, I knew immediately that he, as others before him, wanted me to sign his copy of Eddie Robinson: "...he was the...

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The Decline of Common Courtesy

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 8:32 AM

The managing editor at the newspaper where I worked about 25 years ago called me into his office one day. He was a man who had a special way with words, and with a withering look of supreme dissatisfaction, told me:

"Denny, I'm tired of dropping rocks down the...

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Pete Rose, the Player, Belongs in the Hall of Fame

(32) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 2:45 PM

Excused from his lifetime exile for one game by the commissioner of baseball, Pete Rose stepped onto the playing field at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati earlier this month.

It was September 11, 2010, the 25th anniversary of the night he singled to left center at now-demolished Riverfront...

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'Healthball' Employs Fantasy Sports Concept to Control Weight, Fight Diabetes

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 11:48 AM

For starters, consider these stats:

Roughly 145 million Americans qualify as obese or overweight, according to the American Heart Association.

Almost 24 million have diabetes -- about 90 percent of them type 2, according to the American Diabetes Association.

And an estimated 15 million play fantasy...

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Bobby Bowden Following in the Reluctant Footsteps of Eddie Robinson

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 3:28 PM

As coaches, Bobby Bowden and the late Eddie Robinson have more in common than just amazing longevity and tremendous success.

In their last seasons Bowden was 80 and Robinson 78, but neither was ready to quit nor felt he should have had to step aside.

The parallel was highlighted...

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Jerry Rice's Hall of Fame Career a Tale of Stolen Magnolias

(16) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:41 PM

Watching Jerry Rice's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame reminded me of a story about the fabled passing attack that enabled him to catch more passes, for more yards and more touchdowns, than any pass receiver in the history of the National Football League.

I heard it from...

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