Since George Boller was trained as a printer, working with The Mt. Pleasant News (1955-1965), The Daily Iowan and The University of Iowa Printing Service (1965-1986), he produced our Boller family Christmas letter on an annual basis for nearly forty years. Here – on one page – are the ones we still have in our collection…
As you can see – a few of the covers for our Boller family Christmas cards were drawn by yours truly – Art by Mart. Below are just a couple of my creations that didn’t fit the Christmas theme.
The Hawkeyes made it to the 1986 Rose Bowl. My parents came up after Christmas and my Dad and I flew to California to take in the game. Sad game but amazing time with George Boller, the ‘ole Hawkeye nut!
This Christmas 1990 letter (below) is a sad one, indeed. My dad printed it up after my mom, Dixie Boller, passed on December 31, 1990 – one day before her 68th birthday. It was mailed in January 1991 and includes a few quotes from my mom as she was preparing their annual Christmas letter right before she died. This was the last printed Christmas newsletter my dad prepared. Until his death in April 1994, I believe he simply sent out a handful of traditional Christmas cards to close friends.
In many ways, these Boller Christmas letters – both short and sometimes long (1956 – 5 pages!) – give us all a lot of details about my earliest years growing up with my mom and dad, my brother Eric, and, of course, our Boston Terrier – Buster. If you haven’t noticed, they also do a great job charting out the history of Iowa football throughout these many years. You can read more about the Boller addiction to everything Hawkeye here.