Honoring a victory

It’s been 50 years since the Kansas City Chiefs won a Super Bowl, and, as the 2019 season has become more challenging, fans will welcome a celebration of the past in ’69 Chiefs: A Team, a Season, and the Birth of Modern Kansas City by award-winning author Michael MacCambridge. Andrews McMeel Publishing released the book Oct. 15.

MacCambridge recounts the epic six-month journey — a season filled with adversity and doubt — that ended with football’s ultimate prize. Vibrantly written, the book features new interviews, never-before-seen artifacts and exclusive vivid photography by Ron Hanna. Readers get an intimate view of the team and its historic season, along with a clear perspective of a crucial point in Kansas City’s history, when the Heart of America stood on the verge of becoming a thoroughly modern American city. ’69 Chiefs provides a riveting narrative of sports and cultural history in our town.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, MacCambridge will be in conversation with Kansas City Star columnist Vahe Gregorian to discuss the book at an event with Rainy Day Books at Unity Temple at 1:45 p.m. Michael and Vahe will be joined by former Kansas City Chiefs players and Pro Football Hall of Famers Willie Lanier and Jan Stenerud, and the discussion will be accompanied by a special screening of the documentary film, “Super Bowl IV,” which was last shown publicly in 1970. A book signing will follow. MacCambridge will also cheer with loyal Chiefs fans and make appearances at events in St. Louis (Left Bank Books, 10/28) and Omaha, Nebraska (The Bookworm, 10/29).