Many Big Walnut area folks have been to an Ohio State University Buckeyes football game at the ‘shoe in Columbus, and most folks have been assisted finding seats by an OSU Usher.
What many folks may not know is some of the strange and unusual experiences that OSU ushers have experienced over the years when dealing with large crowds and a diverse group of football fans – until now.
Trevor Zahara has been an OSU Usher for the past 18 years, and has written a book, Confessions of an OSU Usher, describing experiences collected from ushers he has known.
Zahara said writing the book and getting it self-published using a Kickstarter campaign has been a five-year passion, and now he will be at Community Library in Sunbury at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, to share his experiences as an usher and an author.
“I’m very excited to be visiting Sunbury Community Library on my National Book Tour,” Zahara said. “During the last 16 months I have been touring book stores, libraries, schools, social organizations, and Buckeye Alumni associations utilizing a PowerPoint presentation with rah-rah videos and a trivia contest. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Zahara, a 1966 Bucyrus High School graduate and a 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law, spent four years in the Army ROTC program, and served two years active duty — 13 months in Pusan, Korea as 1st Lieutenant and six years in the Army Reserve.
Following his military service, Zahara had a successful 31-year career with the Xerox Corporation as a Sales Manager and Business Services Executive, but said all of that pales in comparison to his experiences as an OSU Usher.
“The Ohio Stadium ushers are some of the Buckeyes’ most committed people,” Zahara said. “Confessions of an OSU Usher reveals some of the most humorous, unusual, and captivating experiences of this very dedicated group.”
Zahara said the Community Library visit will include plenty of time for audience questions, and he would be available to sign books.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.