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Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines & Punchlines
Muhammad Ali stretched out on a brown couch, a towel across his waist, while an air conditioner fired cool air across his body. It was a scorching Manila morning, and in thirty minutes Ali would go to war with Joe Frazier for the third and final time. Ali yawned and stared at the ceiling of his dressing room. "Just another day's work," he said. "Just gotta go beat on anoth ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by William Morrow
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I'm sure quite a few people are going to call bullshit on this post, but what I'm writing is the truth. Dick Schaap was my grandfather. I lived my life for 11 years walking next to this great man, this man people loved and cherished and respected. A man who was a giant in his time, who knew "everyone". I can also tell you that he was a family man before anything else. When this book came out he took the time to come down to my school, my little suburb elementary school, and give a presentation t ...more
Dick Schapp knew almost everyone and those he didn't know probably knew him. His autobiography, while short on personal insights, is fascinating journey through the career of a journalist and writer who was the Isaac Asimov of "as told to" books. If there was ever someone who should be on your short list for "stuck on a desert island with nothing but conversation to fill your time" it should be Dick Schaap. The world is a poorer place without him and his erudite and accessible stle of revealing ...more
Yes...Dick Schaap knew everyone. But its his integrity that bleeds from every page. Dick often gets overlooked when discussion about "new journalists" comes up. And true his work was not as flashy as Thompson, nor as driven as Breslin, nor as deep as Capote. But he was there putting pen to page in ways that no doubt made the others envious.
not normally a fan of name dropping, but, this book is a rollicking good time. A tour through the second half of the 1900s as seen through the lens of sports, and journalism, with stops at practically every major event, and personal glimpses into the characters that made them happen. A really great read. I recommend this to sports and pop culture fans of the 1960-90 time period.
Richard Jay Schaap was an American sportswriter, broadcaster, and author.More about Dick Schaap...