Culver native’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ book top seller in U.S.

Culver native and author-columnist-television anchor Mark Schlabach has co-authored another nationally best-selling book which recently became the top selling book on amazon.com.

Schlabach co-authored "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander," with Phil Robertson of Duck Commander, a family business popularly featured on the hit A&E TV series Duck Dynasty. The book was released May 7 by Howard Books.

Schlabach already hit late last year when he co-authored another Duck Dynasty title, "The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty," co-authored with Willie and Korie Robertson, which hit the top 20 on the New York Times' best-seller list in December.

Schlabach, who spent much of his childhood in Culver and attended Culver Elementary School, today lives near Atlanta with his wife and children. Besides his growing name as an author, he's "one of the most re­spected and popular college football columnists in the country," according to a web-page devoted to his work at publisher Simon & Schuster. Schla­bach has long been an on-air commentator for the ESPN sports cable network as well.

Schlabach's 2010 book, "Called to Coach: Re­flections on Life, Faith, and Football," co-authored with legendary retired Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, climbed near the top of the Times list that fall as well. Last fall, he released "Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy," which he co-authored with John M. Heisman, which was met with a torrent of positive response.

Mark Schlabach, whose passion for sports was fed and nurtured in Little League and pickup games in Culver, among other experiences, told The Culver Citizen his travels occasionally bring him back to his old stomping grounds, where he may stop in to visit family members in or near Culver.

"(It's) still the same wonderful place where I grew up," he said. "The lake is still as gorgeous as I remember it being.”