Skip Desjardin

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Skip Desjardin, the author of “September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series,” is a television veteran who now works for Google, where he oversees sports and local content for the company’s ground-breaking new businesses – YouTube TV and Google Fiber.

Over the course of a 35-year career in the media, Desjardin has changed the way we watch television. In the 1980s he helped launch the country’s first regional sports network, then pioneered the pay-per-view business in the 1990s as the head of PPV for the World Wrestling Federation in the heyday of WrestleMania. As an executive at ESPN in the 2000s, Desjardin launched the company’s first digital network, its interactive TV services and the first-ever video-on-demand agreement for a basic c
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Skip Desjardin Write.

Do it for work, start a blog, submit to websites or publications, put it away in a drawer if you have to. But write.

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Write.

Do it for work, start a blog, submit to websites or publications, put it away in a drawer if you have to. But write.

Writing is like exercise; the more you do it the better you get. Walk away for a while, get out of the habit, and it's much harder to restart and rebuild that muscle memory.

Like exercise, writing isn't easy. But the reward and satisfaction make it all worthwhile.(less)
Skip Desjardin I'm a big fan of Dennis Lehane, who's a Boston guy. Years ago, when reading his novel "The Given Day," I was struck by his portrayal of Babe Ruth,…moreI'm a big fan of Dennis Lehane, who's a Boston guy. Years ago, when reading his novel "The Given Day," I was struck by his portrayal of Babe Ruth, who's a character in the story. This was young, vibrant Babe Ruth; not the older, stove-bellied, pigeon-toed figure we've all seen in jerky newsreels. The novel was set in Boston in 1919, and also featured Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge. It included references to the Spanish Flu as well, which caught my attention because my great-grandfather died in that epidemic.

How was it, I wondered, that the Red Sox played a World Series in the middle of that health crisis? Why were big crowds allowed to gather at the exact moment when being near other people meant being exposed to a deadly disease?

The more I looked into 1918 Boston, the more I discovered the remarkable confluence of events that all took place that September, and I was hooked.

Seven years later, I can finally share "September 1918" with readers!
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