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Tug Wilson biography to debut in hometown release

Two years after helping erect an historical marker to Atwood’s nearly-forgotten son, author Vanessa Curry is set to release a biography honoring Kenneth L. “Tug” Wilson.

“A Gold Medal Man,” follows Wilson’s childhood in Atwood to becoming an Olympic competitor in 1920; his career as an athletic director, Big Ten commissioner and U.S Olympic committee president.

The 152-page book includes a written contribution from Wilson’s granddaughter, Linda Kellough, who offers her insight into a staunch believer in the value of amateur athletics.

Wilson, an outstanding member of the Illini basketball and track teams from 1916-1920, was inducted into the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year.

This is the first book for Curry, a 1981 graduate of Atwood-Hammond High School who has earned numerous writing awards during her 35-year journalism career.

“Her exhaustive research shows why Wilson is an important figure in college athletics and Olympics history,” said Ed Sherman, author of “This is B1G: How the Big Ten set the standard in college sports.”

Curry is schedule to appear for a presentation of “A Gold Medal Man” :

7 p.m. August 18 in the Atwood- Hammond Public Library, 123 Main Street, Atwood.

All day August 19-20 Apple Dumpling Festival – Atwood

6 p.m. August 23 at the Douglas County Museum, 700 S. Main Street, Tuscola

Copies of the book will be available for purchase during these book-signing events.

For pre-event interviews contact Curry at or by calling 903-780-3424.

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