Volume 6, Issue No. 4, July/August 2014
Talk about puppy love! More than 27 years after Iowa television icons Duane Ellett and Floppy left the airwaves, memories of the dynamic duo remain strong in the hearts and minds of thousands of Iowans who continue to flock to the traveling “Duane & Floppy Film Festival” and buy Floppy merchandise.
Floppy fans will want to read our exclusive July/August cover story (with several rare photos) written by Jeff Stein, who not only is a broadcaster, author and regular contributor to Iowa History Journal, but produces “The Duane & Floppy Collection” of DVDs and official Floppy merchandise (which IHJ will sell at its booth at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17, including the soon-to-be-released fourth volume of the Floppy DVD collection) to learn more about their fascinating history and ongoing popularity.
We’re sure that this issue will be a hit on newsstands at every Casey’s General Store and Hy-Vee Food store in Iowa and will become a collectible edition.
Also in the July/August issue of Iowa History Journal, read about Elkader, Iowa’s hero of the ages, Jack Dittmer. Find out more about this star athlete at the University of Iowa and who played six seasons of major league baseball from IHJ founder, Mike Chapman.
Discover how Iowa’s circus roots run deep with the Ringling Brothers, Karl King and Buffalo BIll when you go under the big top with Peter Wagner.
Learn about the powerful Iowa politicians who helped shape the Progressive Era when Iowa ruled Washington, D.C. by Jerry Harrington
Bill Sherman reviews two new books by Dr. Lowell Soike that details the significant role Iowa played in the pre-civil War efforts to end slavery.
Join IHJ Publisher, Michael Swanger, in remembering his love for Floppy and the fair in Publisher’s Perspective.