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Acclaimed sportswriter Jenkins is still typing away at 84, and now, at long last, he’s written a memoir.
The Jenkins byline first appeared in the Fort Worth Press when the author was in college, and in the sixtysomething
years since then, his journalism credits have included Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and Golf Digest, where he still
files a monthly column. And, of course, there have been many books, including the classic, Semi-Tough (1972). Jenkins
tells his story in the same raucous, anecdote-rich, politically incorrect style that has defined his writing all these
years. Despite his workload, Jenkins always found time for what he calls sitting around and hanging out, and much of
this account reads like a homage to some of the country’s fabled watering holes (Toots Shor’s, P. J. Clarke’s, et al.).
Between beverages, however, there was time for sports, especially on Jenkins’ two favorite beats, golf (63 consecutive
Masters!) and college football (Life is just one Texas-OU game after another with fun in between). Anyone who has
followed sports from the mid-twentieth century onward will relish the opportunity to relive the great moments with a guy
who was there more than anyone else. --Bill Ott
"A casual and sly sportswriter's memoir. . . . Dan Jenkins has been among America's best and funniest
sportswriters for more than six decades."--The New York Times
"Dan Jenkins is the Ben Hogan of sportswriting."--Phil Mickelson, pro golfer
"This is merely the greatest sportswriter of them all finally giving us an entire book about his greatest character:
His Ownself." --Mike Lupica
"Dan takes you on his lifelong journey through the world of sports and sports journalism. . . . Be prepared to laugh a
lot." --George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
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