'King of Cool' lecture celebrates life of Steve McQueen

March 15, 2011

Steve McQueen’s widow and his biographer are coming to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus to discuss and celebrate the life of the ‘King of Cool’ as part of a popular lecture series. Download Full Image

Barbara McQueen and author Marshall Terrill will appear at 6:30 p.m., April 7, at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation Building Two, 550 N. Third St., Phoenix, Innovation Auditorium, Room 110. The two will co-present, "Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool,” answer questions, and sign copies of Terrill’s two new books, Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon and Steve McQueen: A Tribute to the King of Cool as well as McQueen’s 2007 photo book Steve McQueen The Last Mile.

The spring 2011 Humanities Lecture series is sponsored by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and University College. The event is free and open to the public.

“What does Steve McQueen have to do with the humanities?” asks Terrill, who has written four books on the cinematic icon. “In breaking down McQueen’s life, one can learn about history, human behavior, psychology, triumph and tragedy, and several invaluable life lessons.”  

McQueen, known for his ultra cool and nonconformist movie persona, started out life in rural Indiana. Born to a young, alcoholic mother and abandoned by his father, McQueen was left in the care of his grandparents and other relatives when he was a toddler. Reunited with his mother at age eight, he was introduced to a series of strange men and a violent stepfather. Compounding McQueen’s problems were his partial deafness from a childhood ear infection and his dyslexia, making adjustment to his new life and schooling particularly challenging.

McQueen frequently got into trouble and soon found himself remanded to Boys Republic, a home for troubled teenage boys in Chino, California. Following that, he joined the U.S. Marines for a three-year stint and afterward used the G.I. bill to study acting in New York in the early 1950s. There, his rebellious angst and good looks helped him become a fixture of the emerging Method theater scene, competing with the likes of James Dean and Paul Newman, with television and movie success just around the corner. Terrill will provide a narrative spanning McQueen’s spectacular career, his greatest films (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon and The Towering Inferno), his personal flaws and defeats, and his hard-fought battle with terminal cancer at a controversial clinic in Mexico. 

Barbara McQueen will present a more human side to her husband in rare photos she took from 1977 to 1980. They record a behind-the-scenes look at personal pleasures enjoyed near the end of the actor’s life: hitting the road in his vintage pickup trucks, driving 700 miles for a rare World War I motorcycle, flying antique planes in rural California, and generally ducking out of Hollywood life. The pictures also capture McQueen on the sets of his last two films, Tom Horn and The Hunter.

“It’s very strange when people say, ‘Oh, you were married to Steve McQueen?’” said Barbara McQueen. “He was such a normal guy and unlike most Hollywood stars that I often say, ‘I could have just as easily been married to a plumber or electrician.’”

Author Marshall Terrill is a film, sports and music writer and the author of more than a dozen books, including best-selling biographies of Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley and basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich. Three of his books are in development to be made into movies, including an upcoming McQueen biopic for Black Swan producer Brian Oliver.

Barbara Minty McQueen is the widow of the famous actor and met McQueen in 1977. They remained married until his Nov. 7, 1980, death. She resides in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Baseball returns home to face Oklahoma and Oral Roberts

March 15, 2011

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Leading Off:

After taking two out of three against the Auburn Tigers at Plainsman Park, the Sun Devils return to Tempe, Arizona for five games against teams from the state of Oklahoma. ASU hosts the Oklahoma Sooners for two games then Oral Roberts for three over the weekend.


Devils vs. Sooners:

Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oklahoma 51-20. They last met in the 2008 Tempe Regional, when the Devils beat them twice to advance to the Super Regionals.


Lights, Camera, Action:

Wednesday night’s game against the Sooners will be televised by Fox Sports Arizona. Daron Sutton, Joe Borowski and Brad Steinke will call the action.


Devils vs. Golden Eagles:

Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oral Roberts 7-2. The last meeting came in the 2009 Tempe Regional when ASU won both meetings to advance to the Super Regionals.


One (Run) Is The Loneliest Number:

After playing four consecutive one-run games in Surprise, Arizona State followed that up with a one-run game on Friday night at Auburn, winning 5-4. The last time the Sun Devils played five straight one-run contests was back in 1987 when the final five games of the regular season were all decided by a single run. The middle infield for that team? Head coach Tim">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/esmay_tim00.html">Tim Esmay and assistant coach Mike">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/benjamin_mike00.html">Mike Benjamin.


March Madness:

Arizona State baseball is experiencing its own March Madness during the 2011 season. The Devils are in the midst of a stretch where they play 13 games in 17 days, including three travel days. That includes a bus trip to Fullerton, California. In the month of March, ASU will travel 4,710 miles, going from Tempe to Surprise (76 miles roundtrip), Tempe to Atlanta to Auburn (3,900 miles roundtrip) and Tempe to Fullerton (734 miles roundtrip).


Auburn Recap:

All three games between the Devils and the Tigers were like a heavyweight fight, as the two teams traded leads and withstood rallies. On Friday night, Auburn jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three, but ASU slowly chipped away until grabbing a one-run lead in the sixth. After the Tigers took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth, ASU would tie it again in the seventh. The Tigers would take the lead back in the ninth, but an Andrew">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/aplin_andrew00.html">An... Aplin pinch-hit RBI single and a Zack">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/macphee_zack00.html">Zack MacPhee RBI single gave the Devils an 8-7 win...Saturday once again saw ASU fall behind early, but ASU would pound out 17 hits to once again claw back an win 9-5. Matt">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/newman_matt00.html">Matt Newman homered twice and Joey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/demichele_joey00.html">... DeMichele went 5-5 in the win...Sunday again had the Tigers grab an early lead, ASU come back to hold a late lead, but this time Auburn was able to stage their own rally, salvaging the finale 10-8. Zach">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/wilson_zach00.html">Zach Wilson homered and drove in four in the loss.


Honoring Cory">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/hahn_cory00.html">Cory Hahn:

As a tribute to injured Sun Devil Cory">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/hahn_cory00.html">Cory Hahn, the team will wear special wristbands with Cory’s name and #34 and also has had his number embroidered on the team’s stirrups. Players will also wear his initials and number on their hats.


Newman Has Tiger Blood:

Senior Matt">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/newman_matt00.html">Matt Newman loves playing against the Auburn Tigers. Over the weekend, Newman went 5-11 (.455) and slugged an amazing 1.182. He had five RBI in the series and scored four more times, and had two perfect sacrifice bunts. On Saturday, Newman recorded his third multi-homer game, leaving the yard twice in the win over the Tigers. He also homered twice at Cal in 2009 and against Fresno State in Game Three of the 2008 Super Regional (both losses). In his six career games against Auburn, Newman is 10-23 (.435) with three homers, nine RBI, nine runs scored, four doubles and a triple. His homers on Saturday were his first since March 14, 2010 when he homered in Tempe against the Auburn Tigers. For his efforts at Auburn, Matt was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, his first ever weekly award from the Pac-10.


Johnny Lightning:

Junior Johnny">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ruettiger_johnny00.html... Ruettiger has added a new wrinkle to his already impressive repertoire, becoming a stolen base machine through the first three weeks of the season. Ruettiger, who entered 2011 with 22 career stolen bases, has already swiped 11 this season. His career high is 12, which he did as a freshman. He also has been a terror at the plate of opposing pitchers, batting .403 on the season as the leadoff man with a .443 OBP. Against UC Riverside he set a new career with four hits.


Brothers With Arms:

With two appearances at Auburn Mitchell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lambson_mitchell00.html... Lambson has now made 77 career appearances, fifth most in ASU history. Last season he tied a school record with his 39 appearances. His brother, Mark, is a right handed reliever out of the ASU bullpen. Mark retired the first 11 hitters he faced in his Sun Devil career against Delaware. He also picked up his first career win against Auburn on Saturday. Mitchell and Mark are the sixth set of brothers to play in the same season for Arizona State.


Newman’s Golden Glove:

Matt Newman’s error against Kansas was the first of his Sun Devil career. It happened in his 176th game for ASU. Newman’s errorless streak reached 211 chances before it ended in right field at Surprise Stadium on a ground ball that Newman kicked away, allowing the runner to reach third on a double.


Career Highs:

Several Sun Devils have established single game career highs already this season. Xorge">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/carrillo_xorge00.html">... Carrillo set a new high in RBI with three at Auburn on March 12; Joey">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/demichele_joey00.html">... DeMichele recorded five hits, including three doubles, at Auburn on March 12; Johnny">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ruettiger_johnny00.html... Ruettiger collected four hits against UC Riverside at Surprise on March 6; Riccio">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/torrez_riccio00.html">R... Torrez homered twice against New Mexico on February 18. He also drove in five runs, setting a new high; Zach">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/wilson_zach00.html">Zach Wilson collected five hits, including three doubles, against Delaware on February 26. He tied his career high with five RBI against Northern Illinois on March 4 at Surprise; Andy">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/workman_andy00.html">Andy Workman has twice tied his career high with three hits, against Delaware on February 26 and at Auburn on March 11.



The Sun Devils are ranked #9 by Baseball America, #10 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, #8 in the NCBWA poll and #8 in the  USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.


20 Game Winner:

While in Auburn, junior lefty Mitchell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lambson_mitchell00.html... Lambson picked up his 20th career victory. Lambson is 20-9 in his career, making 77 appearances with only one start. His one start, at Washington in 2009, was a complete game. Lambson’s 20 wins puts him third all-time in school history for wins by pitchers who were primarily relievers in their career. Lambson trails only Sam Cook, who recorded 25 wins in 60 appearances (11 starts) from 1961 to 1963 and Kevin Dukes, who won 21 games in 82 appearances (18 starts) from 1978 to 1981. Lambson’s brother Mark earned his first career win at Auburn (naturally, out of the bullpen).


Golden Spikes Watch List:

Arizona State landed three student-athletes on the 2011 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List. Johnny">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ruettiger_johnny00.html... Ruettiger, Zack">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/macphee_zack00.html">Zack MacPhee and Deven">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/marrero_deven00.html">D... Marrero were all on the list. MacPhee was a semifinalist a season ago.


Legacy Devils:

The 2011 Sun Devil team features a unique connection for four student-athletes. Senior OF Matt">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/newman_matt00.html">Matt Newman has Maroon and Gold in his blood, as his father, Randy, was a pitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the 1981 National Championship. Matt and Randy joined a select list as a father-son combo who both played in the College World Series. But Matt">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/newman_matt00.html">Matt Newman is not the only Sun Devil who has a father with an ASU National Championship ring. Freshman Trever">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/allen_trever00.html">Tr... Allen is the son of Jamie Allen, who played three seasons at ASU, including the 1977 National Championship year. Jamie was a lifetime .333 hitter at ASU and he also went 6-2 on the mound. He was a two-time All-WAC team member and was a member of the 1977 All-College World Series team. Joining Newman and Allen as Legacy Devils are freshmen Tucker">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/esmay_tucker00.html">Tu... Esmay and Michael">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/benjamin_michael00.html... Benjamin. Esmay is the son of Head Coach Tim">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/esmay_tim00.html">Tim Esmay and Benjamin is the son of assistant coach Mike">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/benjamin_mike00.html">Mike Benjamin. The elder Esmay and Benjamin were teammates on the 1986 and 1987 Sun Devils.


Notable Connections:

Junior 3B Riccio Torrez’s brother Raoul was a four-time letterman and two-time team captain, including teaming with Riccio the last two years...Redshirt freshman catcher Beau">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/maggi_beau00.html">Beau Maggi is the brother of Drew">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/maggi_drew00.html">Drew Maggi, who starred at ASU the last two years...Junior Mitchell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lambson_mitchell00.html... Lambson will be joined by his brother Mark on the 2011 Sun Devils...Junior OF Johnny">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ruettiger_johnny00.html... Ruettiger is the nephew of Rudy Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame football player who had a movie about his life made....Sophomore shortstop Deven">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/marrero_deven00.html">D... Marrero is the cousin of Chris Marrero, a rising star in the Washington Nationals’ system. 


Brotherly Love:

In each of the last two seasons, the Sun Devils boasted a set of brothers who started next to each other in the infield, marking the first time in school history that brothers started next to each other on the diamond. Raoul and Riccio">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/torrez_riccio00.html">R... Torrez became the fifth set of brothers to play for the same Sun Devil team. The other Sun Devil brothers to play on the same teams are Kevin and Pat Dukes (1980-81), Dale and Larry Eiler (1976-78), John and Tom Sain (1973) and Brett and Greg">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/bordes_greg00.html">Greg Bordes (2005). Drew and Beau">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/maggi_beau00.html">Beau Maggi were both on the team last season, but Beau sat out the year utilizing his redshirt season. This year, Mitchell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lambson_mitchell00.html... Lambson is joined on the pitching staff by his brother Mark.


Double Duty:

Junior OF Brandon">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/magee_brandon00.html">B... Magee is no stranger to ASU athletics, playing linebacker for the Sun Devil football team. Magee was second on the team in tackles this past season, totaling 73 including five for loss and 1.5 sacks.


2011 Pre-Season Honors:

Zack">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/macphee_zack00.html">Zack MacPhee was named a Preseason First Team All-American by the NCBWA, ESPN and by Collegiate Baseball and was a Second Team choice by Baseball America. Deven">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/marrero_deven00.html">D... Marrero and Johnny">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ruettiger_johnny00.html... Ruettiger were also Second Team picks by Baseball America, while Mitchell">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lambson_mitchell00.html... Lambson and Riccio">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/torrez_riccio00.html">R... Torrez joined Marrero as Third Team choices by Collegiate Baseball. Zach">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/wilson_zach00.html">Zach Wilson was a Third Team choice by Baseball America. Lambson was also named to the Stopper of the Year Watch List. Lambson and Marrero were also named Preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game.


Hall “O” Famer:

The 2011 College Baseball Hall of Fame Class was announced by the College Baseball Foundation and Sun Devil Legend Oddibe McDowell was one of eight men to earn induction. McDowell will become the seventh member of the Hall of Fame to come from Arizona State. McDowell was a standout in the outfield from 1983 to 1984. He was a career .380 hitter with 30 home runs and 31 doubles. In 1984, he hit .405 with 23 home runs, a performance that earned him the Golden Spikes Award. That same year he was named Player of the Year by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He also was a two-time All-American and was the first Sun Devil to have his number retired.

Feeling The Draft:

There are 19 members of the 2011 Sun Devils who have had their name called during the annual Major League Baseball draft, including Xorge">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/carrillo_xorge00.html">... Carrillo, who was drafted last season but opted to return to school. Carrillo has been drafted three times, as has Kyle">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/ottoson_kyle00.html">Kyle Ottoson.


Pac-10 Picks:

Arizona State was picked to finish third in the 2011 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches’ Poll. UCLA was picked to finish first, receiving eight first place votes, with Stanford second with two first place votes.


Player of the Week:

Junior Riccio">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/torrez_riccio00.html">R... Torrez was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week following opening weekend, the fourth straight season a Sun Devil has earned Player of the Week honors following the season’s first action. Matt">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/newman_matt00.html">Matt Newman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week following the Auburn series.


Tough Schedule:

The Sun Devils will play 27 games this season against teams ranked in the Preseason Top 30. 10 of the 27 games will come against Preseason Top 10 teams.


Did You Know:

Including the Auburn series ASU just completed, the Devils will play 17 out of 20 games against ranked opponents. Only Oral Roberts is unranked.


Up Next:

The Sun Devils will head to Fullerton, California for a two-game midweek series with the Cal State Fullerton Titans before returning home and opening Pac-10 play with the Arizona Wildcats.