February 2, 2011 3:27PM
John Mutka worked full-time at the Post-Tribune for 40 years, covering such events as the 1980 Olympics in Los Angeles, three Final Fours, including Indiana’s championship runs in 1981 and 1987, the Bears’ Super Bowl romp over New England in 1986, Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl victory over West Virginia for its last national title in 1988, the White Sox run to the 2005
World Series and several near-misses with the Cubs.
His multiple awards include being named Indiana Football Sportswriter of the Year in 1973 and state sportswriter of the year in 1982 and 2002. In 2003 he received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the state office and was named to the Indiana media Hall of Fame. Mutka “retired” that year, but continues to write on a part-time basis.
He describes himself as the state’s oldest living active sports relic, a writing career launched with the Frankfort Times in 1960. He was sports editor there for 31/2 years and at the P-T for six.
He lives in Valparaiso with his wife, Ginny, who blessed him with four beautiful IU grads, keeping us all happy and working full-time for much of our 48-year marriage. Mutka grew up in Whiting.