In his new children’s book, “The Best in the Land: The Story of Brutus Buckeye,” Keels paints the image of a beloved Ohio icon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The man known for his soft voice on 97.1 The Fan is now the author of a children’s book featuring the one and only Brutus the Buckeye.
Paul Keels has been the voice of the Buckeyes for almost 25 years, detailing the action that takes place on the pitch for radio listeners.
In his new children’s book, “The Best in the Land: The Story of Brutus Buckeye,” Keels paints a different picture, this time from the perspective of a beloved Ohio icon.
Growing up as a buckeye in the Ohio fields, Keels says Brutus dreams of one day playing football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The story follows Brutus and his efforts to help the team succeed, doing everything in their power to be successful on the pitch.
“So that’s kind of the whole story, it’s, you know, sticking to it when things aren’t going well, and he ends up being a part of the football team,” Keels explained.
According to Keels, writing a children’s book was not his idea. Publisher Ascend Books contacted him after a colleague from Oklahoma who wrote one recommended Keels do the same.
The finished product, illustrated by Chad Thompson to feature footage of Brutus’ persistence, has since caught the attention of former Ohio State players.
“Paul is an absolute legend as the ‘Voice of the Buckeyes’. What a fun and creative Brutus Buckeye story that I can’t wait to read to my daughters! Said James Laurinaitis, former Ohio State All-American and NFL linebacker.
“The Best in the Land: The Story of Brutus Buckeye” is now available at the Ohio State University Bookstore, located at 1598 North High Street.
Customers will have the chance to meet Keels and pick up a copy during a book signing at the store from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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