Bitten by the Rowing Bug by Karl Drlica

by Karl Drlica

  • Released: March 2024
  • Genre: Memoirs

Bitten by the Rowing Bug is about rowing fragile wooden racing shells on an untamed Oregon river in a rowing program that taught self-reliance to college students during the mid-twentieth century. It is also about a legally blind jack-of-all-trades who drove that program forward for more than thirty years. Initially, rowing was offered only to male students, because society frowned on women sweating and fiercely competing. Rowing eroded that attitude and brought equality to team sports. The characters and events that shaped this era of American history reflect a time when self-sufficiency was highly valued: a rowing program challenged by the river taught practical skills, and competing as a team inspired students to achieve collectively. After several decades of effort, varsity status was achieved for both men and women, despite attempts by some University administrators to terminate the largely volunteer program and repurpose the dozen or so buildings at the river. Gleaned from interviews, personal experience, and a rich archive, Bitten by the Rowing Bug gives the reader a sense of the thrill and challenge of using human power to skim over the water surface—all with the added demand of doing it faster than someone else.

What this author said about working with us...

I was very impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail exhibited by all staff members of Luminare Press. As a point of reference, I previously published one book with a different self-publishing company, and I have used commercial publishers to produce three books and four edited volumes of collected scientific work. My experience with Luminare was far better than any of my previous publishing experiences. My book, Bitten by the Rowing Bug, required extra work because I included about 240 images, some taken from 100-year-old news clippings and others from archival snapshots. The staff was very helpful (and patient) with my nit-picking efforts to get maximum resolution. Moreover, many versions of the "final" draft were sent to me for editing: I decided when the book was finished. Overall, I could not be happier with my experience. Karl Drlica