Football Wife: Coming of Age with the NFL as Mrs. Karl Kassulke

Football Wife: Coming of Age with the NFL as Mrs. Karl Kassulke

by Jan Thatcher Adams


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The compelling, funny, and poignant story of the unlikely marriage of a pro football player and an aspiring doctor. Jan Thatcher, a wide-eyed Iowa freshman coed, met Karl Kassulke in 1962 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a football hero about to enter the world of NFL football. Told from Jan’s perspective, Football Wife is set in a time when America was rapidly changing from conservative to free wheeling, from closet alcoholism to an awakening to the consequences of alcohol abuse. All the while, the sexual, racial, and women’s revolutions were raging. A true story told with memories of love and compassion, its cautionary message offers hope to anyone struggling with destructive issues in their relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936487042
Publisher: Franklin Green Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jan Thatcher Adams is a writer and physician who lives in Shakopee, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and its medical school, she also has been the founder of several family practice clinics in the Twin Cities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Foreword 9

Prologue 11

1 Going Home, Sweet Home 21

2 Preparing for Big Changes 35

3 The Long, Strange Summer 47

4 Rookie Wife 57

5 Summer Adventures 67

6 Alone Again, Naturally 77

7 Dark Clouds Forming 85

8 Heading Toward Motherhood 93

9 Football Mom 105

10 Storm Clouds 115

11 A Summer to Remember 123

12 The Growing Storm 133

13 Ups, Downs, and More Ups 143

14 Surprise! 155

15 New Beginnings 165

16 The More Things Change … 175

17 Life in the Good Ol' Boys Club 185

18 Med School Mom 195

19 Chinese Fire Drill?! 211

20 Unexpected Opportunities 219

21 Summer in Cardiff 229

22 The Marriage Road Ends and So Does Medical School 239

23 Internship and the Accident 251

24 The Weird Years and All the Rest 261

Glossary 270

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