Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic gold medalist, will deliver a free public speech Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Perry Performing Arts Center.
Gable will discuss his philosophy of life and then sign the latest volume of his autobiography, “A Wrestling Life 2.” The event is part of the 2017 All Dallas County Reads One Book.
The PAC event will be preceded by a ticketed meet-and-greet reception with Gable at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Pattee. Tickets for the opportunity to meet and talk to Gable are $12 and available at all Dallas County libraries while supplies last.
Copies of “A Wrestling Life 2” are also available at all county libraries for $10 each, or copies may be purchased from Beaverdale Books at the event.
Gable won 15 NCAA team titles during his tenure as wrestling head coach at the University of Iowa between 1976 and 1997. His remarkable story of pain and loss has been often told, and Oct. 25, 2013, was recognized as Dan Gable Day in Iowa.
Gable seems most comfortable on the mat, but he was recently persuaded to share his opinions about “our complicated tax code,” as he said in a radio advertisement recorded last month for Americans for Prosperity-Iowa, a conservative political advocacy group.
“This is Dan Gable,” the advertisement said. “I know what it takes to compete and win. Iowa workers and businesses like to compete and win, too. But our tax code is holding us back. If America wants to get ahead of the competition, we need to reform our complicated tax code. We need a tax code that’s simple, fair, and lets you keep more of what you earn. Learn more by visiting IATaxReform.com and let our lawmakers know it’s time to compete and win again. And as always, on Iowa! Paid for by Americans for Prosperity.”