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For a Safe Ride Home, try UBER!

Hey Hawks, the LA Iowa Club is partnering up with Uber, the luxury taxi company.

First time users get $20 off their ride when they use the case sensitive promo code: LAHawkeye

More information can be found here.

Have you already used Uber? Share the invite code through the app to give your friends $10 off and you’ll get $10 off as well! Let’s be safe on the roads

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Hawkeye Spotlight with Francis Hamit

Francis Hamit - LA Iowa ClubFor this segment of the Hawkeye Spotlight, Isaiah Scales interviewed Author and Iowa Alumnus, Francis Hamit.  Hamit found writing a way to share his experiences in Industrial Security and his service in the Vietnam War.  Hamit gives an eye-opening and thought provoking look at the difficult challenges the world faces in protecting citizens.

The University of Iowa has one of the most respected writing and journalism programs in the nation, what factored into your decision to attend the U of Iowa?

“Actually, the reputation of the Writer’s Workshop had nothing to do with my original decision to attend Iowa.  I had never heard of it.  I came there in the Drama department in 1965 after two years at a much smaller school with a very small drama department, because of a book written by Iowa professor A.S. Gillette, “Stage Scenery”.  I started in theatre at age 15 at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California.  I wanted to learn from Dr. Gillette, but he was close to retirement and there was a lot of competition for jobs on productions MFA students.  Mere Juniors were not supposed to get them.  When I did, it created some hard feelings.

Is there any particular subject, class or professor that you feel made a true impact on your career as a writer?

“Aside from Dr. Howard Stein, who really taught me structure and how to think creatively, my most influential professor was Vance Bourjaily.  So much so that I dedicated my second novel to his memory.  Vance was generally considered the best creative writing instructor in the country at the time.  He was a very kind man, but always willing to call you on your B.S. and try to get you on track.  I loved the Workshop experience.  I never wanted to leave.  Once the {Vietnam} war was over and the politics gone, it was a great place to learn your craft.

You spent 21 years in Industrial Security; what kinds of roles did that entail, and what did you find to be the most difficult aspect of the job?

“At first it was a temporary stop-gap.  I was a Captain in charge of about 200 officers at 24 major accounts in the Chicago area for a year.  Then I got hurt on the job and couldn’t do those ninety-hour weeks anymore, so I went into selling the service, eventually ending up at my fourth company as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  I also became a consultant, and wrote a column for a trade magazine, and articles for others.  The year in uniform gave me great grounding in the industry and you see things that other people never see.  Much of my “literary” fiction is about that environment and life, and ties into my writing about the military and being a private detective.  There is a lot of skepticism about the problems you find, and then they don’t want to spend the money it takes to correct the problems.  After a while it wears you down.”

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New Club T-Shirts Coming for 2016 Hawkeyes Rose Bowl!

Watch this space for information about new Los Angeles IOWA Club T-shirts for the 2016 Hawkeyes Rose Bowl.

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Hawkeye Spotlight: Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

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Paul Rust (left) and Neil Campbell (right) get ready for their show.

In our first installment of “Hawkeye Spotlight”, Isaiah Scales interviewed natives of Fairfax, Virginia and Le Mar, Iowa; Neil and Paul’s comedy paths would meet at The University of Iowa.

NEIL: “We actually met at a show called “No Shame Theatre.”  I was hosting a set and Paul came and did it and he did a bit that I thought was really funny and told him he should keep doing the show.”

PAUL: “I had seen Neil do about a months’ worth of stuff and I thought it was really funny, so to get encouragement from people that I was admiring at the time, encouraged me to keep doing it.”

The writing duo eventually found their way to Los Angeles still trying to find their niche. Continue Reading →

LA Iowa Club Food Drive – Nov. 17th at Barneys

The Los Angeles Iowa Club is partnering with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help provide food for the hungry this Thanksgiving. As you prepare for another Gamewatch against Michigan on Saturday, November 17th, the LA Iowa Club is asking its members to donate at least 1 non-perishable item to the Santa Monica Gamewatch location. We will have a box available to drop off your donation at the Gamewatch site. The LA Iowa Club’s target is to donate 100 pounds of food toward this effort.

We would also like the other Gamewatch locations to get involved if someone at Pasadena, Burbank, or West Hollywood Barney’s would be willing to help out. All we would ask is that a box is available to collect the donations and we can help coordinate to get the food to the LA Regional Food Bank. If you would like to help, please send us an e-mail at laiowaclub@yahoo.com no later than November 10th.

Examples of non-perishable items to donate:

Canned Chicken, Powdered Milk, Canned Tuna, Saltine Crackers, Soups, Juices, White Rice, Jarred or Canned Spaghetti Sauce, Grape Jelly, Canned Vegetables, Breakfast Cereals, Pork & Beans, Peanut Butter, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta, Popcorn, Salt, Sugar, Flour, Ketchup, etc.

**Los Angeles Hawks, let’s do our part and help the LA Regional Food Bank achieve their goal, and see that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.