yh Posted September 26, 2003 Share Posted September 26, 2003 A really fascinating guy died last night. George Plimpton, for those of you who aren't familiar with him, was a true renaissance man -- author, editor, cameo actor, general bon vivant. Among his many literary accomplishments were a number of articles for Sports Illustrated and a handful of books that were written via the participatory journalism method. In other words, he wrote about his first hand experiences participating in certain activities that "ordinary" people would never get to get a chance to try. He played a round of golf with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in their heyday, pitched part of an inning against NL All Stars in the late 50's, and most famously, went through the Detroit Lions training camp and played in an intrasquad scrimmage game - an experience which became the book Paper Lion. Anyone interested in learning about pro football before the days of free agency, mass marketing and prime time players should read that book. The movie with Alan Alda? It's okay, but nothing can really duplicate the imagery that Plimpton was able to create with his prose. He will be missed for many reasons. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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