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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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch – NIT Championship vs. Baylor 6:00pm

2013 NIT Championship Basketball Gamewatch vs. Baylor – Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

Thursday April 4th  – 6:00pm

The Men’s basketball team took care of Maryland in the NIT Semifinals 71-60, never relinquishing the lead after trailing 4-0 early. Next up is Baylor for the NIT Championship! We had great numbers for our Final Four Gamewatch vs. Maryland and let’s keep the momentum going and get a great crowd for Thursday! Gametime is 6:00pm sharp. Barney’s Beanery has Happy Hour food and drinks until 7:00pm so come out and show your support!

We hope to see you there!

Date and Time: Thursday April 4, 6:00pm

Location: Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

 

Go Hawks!

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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch – NIT Final Four vs. Maryland – Tuesday April 2nd

Hawkeyes are Going to NYC!

The Men’s basketball team is headed to NYC to play in the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden to play future B1G foe Maryland in the Final Four of the NIT! Fran McCaffery’s squad has continued to improve this season and is peaking at the right time with the leadership of their scorer Roy Devyn Marble. The Hawkeyes are currently sitting at 24 wins in 2013, the most since the 2005-2006 season where that team finished with 25. Excitement is back in the program and now is the time to come out and show your support!

Gametime is approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first game (around 6:30 pm). We hope to see you there!

Date and Time: Tuesday April 2, 6:30pm

Location: Barney’s Beanery Santa Monica

 

Go Hawks!

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