The Pluck of the Irish: 10 Notre Dame Sports Figures Who Made a Difference

The Pluck of the Irish: 10 Notre Dame Sports Figures Who Made a Difference


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ISBN-13: 9780999396742
Publisher: Back Story Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/23/2018
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 181,409
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Jim Hayden graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts. He has an Masters in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Some of the subjects of The Pluck of the Irish and several of its sources were his classmates at Notre Dame.

A former senior partner and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and Los Angeles, Hayden earned more than two dozen national and international creative awards. His clients included Mattel, American Express, Dollywood and Paramount Pictures, and many others.

He decided to become a free agent in 1997 and as a freelance copywriter, he has created and supported campaigns for 20th Century Fox, Gensler Architects, Jaaks Pacific, Microsoft, Universal City Hollywood and many more.

He conceived of the London Underground line of youth-oriented fashion, obtained the necessary approvals and is the worldwide licensing agent for the British fashion line known as "The Underground."

For many years, Hayden has been the weekly voice of world, sports and national news on the Braille Institute's network for the blind and reading disabled.

He was born and raised in Shepherd, Michigan, but grew up in New York, and currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Thanks to Bill Dwyre, the stories of sportsmen and sportswomen who have overcome adversity have been part of the award-winning coverage in the Los Angeles Times for many years.

As the long-time sports editor of The Times, he ensured that these stories appeared, and is now directing a new venture designed to enlighten and encourage young people to read by telling such tales in an accessible format.

The company is Back Story Publishing.

Dwyre has long experience in leading such efforts, having served as an award-winning sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal and then the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years. He is the only sports editor to have ever been named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and also received the National Headliners Award for his role organizing The Times' comprehensive coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Dwyre's team of more than 100 writers, photographers and editors produced 24 special, daily editions that covered the Games more thoroughly than any newspaper had ever attempted.

After concluding a quarter-century as The Times sports editor, he went back to writing as a columnist, covering a myriad of sports and was recognized for his reporting and writing excellence with awards in boxing, golf, horse racing and tennis. For his boxing writing, he received the Nat Fleisher Award, a lifetime achievement honor from the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Bill Leggett Award from the Breeders' Cup.

At Back Story Publishing, Dwyre undertook the task of writing the company's first book, "Tim Bradley: Hard to Heart," chronicling his inspirational rise from a difficult childhood to a world champion boxer.

He began his newspaper career, after graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, with a position in the sports department of the Des Moines Register.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Laura Ornest and Bill Dwyre

Introduction, Shaping History – Father Theodore Hesburgh

1. Hard Times Forged a Legend – Johnny Lujack

2. First, You Survive – Haley Scott DeMaria

3. The Elegant Explainer – Red Smith

4. Hard Lesson on the Hardwood – Muffet McGraw

5. The Voice in the Wind – George Blaha

6. The Impact Player – Pete Duranko

7. To Tell the Truth – George Dohrmann

8. The Agent of Change – Tommy Hawkins

9. Down, But Never Out – Rocky Bleier

Fun Fighting Irish Facts and Tales

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