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Donor Profile: Frank Horn

Release: 06/12/2008
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Donor Profile - Frank Horn

Frank Horn finished his bachelor’s degree at what is now called Pittsburg State (Kan.) and he is 88 years old.

Q: Why did you join the Cyclone Club?
A: I have always been an avid sports fan, so when I came to Ames in 1986 I decided to buy season tickets for Iowa State athletics. Ever since I played sports in high school I have loved the game and the led me becoming a Cyclone. I’ve just started an endowment scholarship through the ISU Foundation that will be given through the women’s basketball program. I’ve had season tickets for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball since 1986 and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Q: When did you attend your first Cyclone event?
A: It would have been in the fall of 1986 when I went to a football game. I remember that back then we didn’t win a lot of games, but now we do a lot better than we used to in that regard. I also went to my first men’s and women’s basketball games that winter. Even though I’m 88 years old I’ve missed very few games throughout the years. The thing about me is I go whether we win or not. I’m not a person who only attends games if our team is doing well.

Q: What was your most memorable Cyclone Event?
A: Beating Kansas back when they had Danny Manning (1985-88) was something I will never forget. He was never able to beat us in Ames his four years that he played. I attended graduate school at Kansas in my younger years, so whenever we beat the Jayhawks it meant a little more to me. Another game that I could never forget was the Lafester Rhodes (men’s basketball) game against Iowa in 1987. The Marv Seiler run in 1992 when we upset Nebraska was probably my favorite football memory.

Q: What was your favorite Cyclone Road Trip?
A: It is hard for me to go any more on road trips since I am 88 years old, but back in the 1980s and 1990s my wife and I would go down to Kansas City every year for the Big Eight and now the Big 12 Tournament. We did our fair share of winning in the tournament in those glory years with Johnny Orr. Every once in awhile we would make a trip to Lawrence for a game against Kansas. That really stood out since I went to school there and also Kansas has so much history.

Q: Name some of your favorite players and coaches that went through Iowa State.
A: I enjoyed Dan McCarney very much when he was here. I always thought he was a good coach and that he was going to turn things around for us. My favorite sport to watch is basketball and I loved to see Johnny Orr roam the sidelines. My favorite players of his generation were Jeff Hornacek and Jeff Grayer. Hornacek especially, since he went from a college walk-on to playing in the NBA for 15 years.

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