Meet John Norberg!



John Norberg is a writer, author, humorist and a chronicler of the human condition living in Lafayette, Ind. He's also the father of three adult children and has four grandchildren to spoil.

Now a communication manager at Purdue University, he has been writing his humor column for the Lafayette Journal and Courier since 1972. During his time at the JC, he also was known for his award-winning news and feature stories, most about residents in this north-central Indiana area.

A nationally respected speechwriter and public speaker, he also is the author of 8 books, the most recent of which details the story of Jerry Ross, NASA's most frequent flier. Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer includes papers, material and video from Ross that detail his journey from a loving family in rural Indiana to role he played in establishing the International Space Station.

John, who was born April 12, 1948 in Oak Park, IL, grew up on the northside of Chicago in Skokie and Mount Prospect. He graduated from DePauw University in Indiana in 1970 and settled down in that state. He started his newspaper career at the Brazil Times and before signing on at the Journal and Courier in 1972. He left the newspaper business in 2000 to become a speechwriter for the president of Purdue University but continues to write his weekly humor column for the JC.

Purdue Boilermaker award for writing Norberg also has written articles for various national publications, including the Saturday Evening Post , USA Today  and Time   magazine. He was most recently honored with the prestigious Purdue Univeristy Boilermaker Award for his contributions to Purdue University.

Besides his family and writing, John is fond of old movies, sports (Cubs, Bears, Purdue Boilermakers), singing in the car, comfortable shoes, travel and ice cream.

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