Monday, January 23, 2012

I Am Third--#6 finished

This is the Gale Sayers autobiography that he wrote in 1970 after he came back from his serious knee injury and also after Brian Piccolo's death from cancer. It is an interesting read, even today with it being dated and such. It is interesting to read about a young black man that went to college & played pro ball in the '60s. Just his interactions with people and his own thoughts. His youth and also probably the times, really give this book an innocent and completely truthful feel. While the youthful side might lead it to be not a ton of introspection, the reader can really tell at times that this is an intelligent person even while doing stupid or silly things. Almost as impressive as his playing days was the fact that he was the first black stockbroker for Paine Webber. This was an early indication of the future success he would have after football. I didn't realize that the 1969 season was really his last good season. He only played 2 games in each of the next 2 years, which is really sad given the great talent he was.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy of the book on the system so it should move at some point. I do have a lot of only copy on the system books and they aren't moving much at all, but I know patience is the rule at PBS. Still reading Red Square and just started The Sheltering Sky yesterday, will look to add a 3rd book tonight.

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