My Top Five for feeling alive in the corridor…
By: Mike Stoffregen, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County
5. Multiplicity of activities…music, arts, festivals, Shakespeare Theatre, Englert/Hancher, bike trails, parks, shopping, libraries, golf courses, clean air…it’s all here and it’s all good.
4. Iowans. Iowans are by nature a cohesive community. Diversity of opinion is encouraged…and that’s a good thing. It’s the collective common sense of our heritage that keeps the interest levels high in helping to build our community.
3. University of Iowa…living in community with a nationally recognized University, diverse by nature…educated by design and responsive because it’s a caring and sharing “community.”
2. The Future…the Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids Corridor has a very bright future because of the visionary leaders it produces.
And the # 1 reason…
The Hawkeyes…as simplistic as it sounds, even as a young lad living in Western Iowa, I had a strong affinity for the Iowa Hawkeyes…the name just rolls off of my tongue…the Iowa Hawkeyes. ‘58 and ’60 Rose Bowls…Ralph Miller and Lute Olson basketball and the Fry / Ferenz years out of the wilderness and into the light. Remembering the collective roar across Iowa for “the catch” against Louisiana State still to this day sends chills whenever I see it…
Ah yes…the Iowa Hawkeyes…because they’re worth it.
2 responses to “Mike Stoffregen’s Top Five”
I agree – the Hawkeys (when they’re winning at least) make this a great place to live. Since Iowa doesn’t have any professional sports affiliates, the Hawkeyes are our Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Redwings, etc. College sports are king here.
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