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The Colorful, Sentimental, Funny, Affectionate, Cantankerous Memoir By The Most Colorful, Funniest, Most Cantankerous And Probably The Most Revered Sportswriter Of The Last Fifty Years Dan Jenkins Is Accepted As One Of The Greatest If Not The Greatest Golf Writer Of All Time, Wrote Beloved Bestselling Novels And Abused Corporate Expense Accounts Than Anyone Who Ever Lived It S A Touching, Laugh Out Loud Tribute To The Romanticism Of Old Time Sportswriting And The Glory Days Of Sports As Dan Jenkins Says In The First Few Pages Of His Memoir Sometimes, I Envy My Own Childhood A Lot Of Us Can Say That About Dan S Entire Life He Grew Up In The Great Depression, But He Doesn T Seem Ever To Have Been Depressed He Was Too Busy Having Fun And Enjoying Life In His Ownself, We Now Get To Share In The Fun Dan Takes Us Back To His Youth In Texas And His Eccentric, Wealthy Mother With Whom He Never Lived He Lived With His Grandparents While His Mother Flitted In And Out Of His Life And His Sports Fan Father, Whom He Barely Knew We See Dan S Growth As A Sportswriter From His High School Paper Through To His First Job At The Fort Worth Press And We Understand What It Was Like To Be A Sports Fan In Texas It Basically Meant Understanding A Lot About Passion, Religion, Heroes, And Drinking And Then It S On To The Glory Days Of Sports Illustrated, The Most Entertaining And Most Star Studded Pages In The Book Dan Was One Of The Handful Of Writers Who Made SI What It Was For So Many Decades The Most Important Sports Magazine Ever Not Coincidentally, Dan Was Also At The Center Of New York Night Life In Those Days Hanging Out At Elaine S While Swapping Stories With Politicians And Movie Stars And New York S Best Writers And Best Bartenders Above All, This Is A Sports Nostalgia Fan S Dream Book And, In Particular, A Golfer S Dream Book There Are Two Chapters On Ben Hogan, Whom Dan Knew Well Enough To Play Many Rounds Of Golf With There Are Up Close And Very Personal Looks At Byron Nelson, Palmer, Nicklaus, Tiger Dan Has Covered Every Masters And US Open And British Open For The Past Years He Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of Those Tournaments To Capture The Drama, The Humor And The Absurdity Of Those Events This Book Is Dan Jenkins Remembering, Spewing And Mouthing Off About Everything Under The Sun Politics, Hypocrites, Political Correctness, The Past, The Present, Hollywood, Money, Athletes And, Of Course, Writing The Way Very Few Sportswriters Have Ever Been Able To Write

3 thoughts on “His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir

  1. Gary K. McCormick Gary K. McCormick says:

    Dan Jenkins is somewhat of a polarizing character, seen by some of the tightly wound in the world of sports and sportswriting these days as a politically incorrect dinosaur, but there s no denying his bonafides as a sportswriter In a career that has spanned 65 years so far he has written about golf and college football, mostly, and other sports when called upon to do so, for the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Herald, Sports Illustrated, and Golf Digest, with a few years of providing a sports column to Playboy magazine as well He has covered of golf s major tournaments than any writer living, and speaking of that, he is one of only three golf writers to have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame the others being Herbert Warren Wind and Bernard Darwin and the only one inducted, in his words, while still vertical.In His Ownself A Memoir , Jenkins reaches into his formidable memory and comes back with tales of his early life growing up in a sports crazy town, Fort Worth, Texas, in a sports crazy time, the 1930s College football and golf were the most important sports of his formative years, with the TCU Horned Frogs in town and the SMU Mustangs just down the road in Dallas, not to mention that two of the greatest golfers ever to swing a club, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, were also Fort Worth native sons.Jenkins began his career with the Fort Worth Press, starting on the job as an incoming college freshman Over the years he met and wrote about all the greats he got to know Ben Hogan while still a college golfer and sportswriter for the Forth Worth Press, and came to know the great man very well over the years Besides innumerable columns and sidebars, he has penned eleven novels three of which that have been made into movies, with varying degrees of success and nine nonfiction books At age 84 he is still writing for Golf Digest, and attending golf s major tournaments the Masters, the U.S Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship to provide eager readers with his unique insights.Readers of this book who have read his other work and I cannot imagine that they won t have will recognize the tenor of his fictional tales in the stories he tells of his early life and subsequent career Many characters and personalities, and even thinly disguised versions of real life incidents from his own life, have made their way into his fiction over the years, and the dedicated Jenkins reader will be delighted to discover these serendipities as they read this book I m sure that some critical readers, encountering the real life incidents in this memoir that have been reflected in Jenkins fiction will lambast him for the roman a clef qualities of his novels, but personally, I delighted in discovering these matchups between real life and fiction.The bottom line is that anyone who is a fan of sportswriting, especially where it pertains to golf from the days of Hogan, Nelson, and Snead to the present, is doing themselves a disservice if they don t read His Ownself A Memoir Over the years, Dan Jenkins saw it all, knew them all and wrote about it all, in the kind of brash, sometimes cynical, sometimes playful but always insightful prose that is a rare commodity in these tip toeing days of million dollar tournament paychecks and big buck corporate sponsorship No sports fan s library is complete without this book.

  2. Hanksterman Hanksterman says:

    Maybe I am just jealous of the life that Dan Jenkins has led As a retired journalist, I certainly never got to do half the thingsJenkins did as a writer for the Fort Worth Press, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Playboy magazine But the dizzying ride Jenkins take us on in His Ownself practically exhausted me and made me wonder when he ever had time to write his articles and books I ve had the opportunity to know some of Jenkins best friends Blackie Sherrod , Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright through the years and can attest to the validity of all the wild things they did during the years when writing for a newspaper could be a blast But Jenkins later years at SI made me wonder if the magazine ever had accountants He and his wife stayed in the best hotels, ate in the best restaurants and drank at the best watering holes Along the way he made great friends with some very unlikely folks for a sports writer to know I think it speaks to Dan Jenkins tremendous talents as a writer for him to know so many people in show business And his many stories about his close relationship with Ben Hogan, an infamously chilly legend on the golf circuit, seems to reaffirm that I didn t give Jenkins a higher rating because, frankly, I got a bit tired of the name dropping and references to his luxury travels I really wanted to know about what it took to get inside the minds of famous golfers and football stars Regardless, this is a fun read for anyone who has followed Jenkins career and enjoyed his best selling books.

  3. Bill Mack Bill Mack says:

    I have most every book Dan Jenkins has written I think I have all of them and enjoyed several movies based on his grand works SEMI TOUGH will always be easily accessible in my DVD collection HIS OWNSELF A SELF MEMOIR, his latest creation, is my personal favorite I have the honor and pleasure of knowing Dan, both of us living in the same city, Fort Worth, and existing in approximately the same age bracket Being in his company is never a bore This book captures the easiness and traits of the best sports writer on the planet No, I m not laying it on a bit thick Dan Jenkins has won every single award possible, yet maintains that special quality of writing in the same frame as he speaks He is a casual conversationalist, and the pages reflect the feeling he is chatting with you I found myself laughing out loud as Dan focused on some of the happenings in his personal life, yet he also reveals some facts pertaining to his ultra successful professional career that grab the attention in a strong manner that could never be contrived He knows all of the top pro golfers, of course he is amongst those special giants in the WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME and shares many mind boggling memories with us Although he is highly diversified when it comes to sports, especially college and pro football, the golf links seem to be his specialty He was a close, personal friend of Ben Hogan played dozens of rounds of golf with the man many, including his peers, considered to be the grand master of them all, yet almost unapproachable He releases his thoughts toward Tiger, as well as almost every big winner in the difficult game, dating back to the 50s Dan doesn t put on the brakes, it would be completely against the grain for him to do so even though he may make some of the top players develop a case of the yips as they absorb this masterpiece This is one book that I promise you ll enjoy, even if you re not hooked on golf Of course, you d expect this from Dan Jenkins He breaks par on every page