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Millions of people watched sportscaster George Michael each week on the Sports Machine, including his daughter Cindi. Cindi Michael appears to live a charmed life: she’s happily married, has a successful career, and is a loving mom to two wonderful children. Yet she longs for a father who hasn’t spoken to her in twenty years, and even secretly watches him on TV when the longing becomes unbearable.
When Cindi was eleven, her father fought for sole custody of her and her siblings, raising three children on his own despite being a bachelor and rock ’n’ roll DJ in New York in the 1970s. But with his rising fame as the host of the popular show Sports Machine , his 80-hour-a-week work schedule, and his second marriage, the close relationship Cindi shared with her father began to crack; she did everything to earn his love and attention, but for perfectionist George, it was never enoughand when she was eighteen and a freshman in college, in a burst of anger he told her never to come home again. As the years went on, Cindi struggled to steel her heart while still remaining hopeful that they would one day reconcile, just as her father did with his own dad, and transcend painful family patterns that span generations. Candid, moving, and ultimately hopeful, The Sportscaster’s Daughter is a family story of forgiveness, faith, and strength.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
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About the Author
After moving from Maryland to Switzerland to Texas to Michigan, Cindi Michael now lives in rural New Jersey, not far from where she spent the golden years of her childhood. She’s happily married to an Englishman and is a die-hard football and swim team mom. Her day job as a technology and big data expert takes her to clients around the world, and she is the author of five business and technology books. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Rice University. She has won two creative writing awards for her short stories.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Digging for Baby Clams 1
Chapter 2 Through the Windshield 12
Chapter 3 Whispers in the Night 18
Chapter 4 Worlds Apart 25
Chapter 5 Escape 42
Chapter 6 Our Golden Years 48
Chapter 7 A Perfect Bride 62
Chapter 8 The Family Reunion 67
Chapter 9 The Richest Christmas 72
Chapter 10 The Sportscaster's Daughter 86
Chapter 11 First Love 97
Chapter 12 A Fall from Grace 111
Chapter 13 My Fight to Survive 135
Chapter 14 Broken Hearts 144
Chapter 15 Dying 158
Chapter 16 Tip Toeing Perfectly 172
Chapter 17 Spilt Sugar 191
Chapter 18 Engaged 201
Chapter 19 Fairy Tales 206
Chapter 20 Dumb Foreigner 212
Chapter 21 Breaking Up and Out 220
Chapter 22 Love, Finally 234
Chapter 23 Repeating the Cycle 243
Chapter 24 The Letter 251
Chapter 25 Going Home 264
Chapter 26 Christmas Eve 271
Chapter 27 A Journey 280
Chapter 28 Letting Go 289
About the Author 298
Reading Group Questions 299
-Leverage Cindi Michael’s father (George Michael) and his status as a public figure in the sports industry.
-Reach out to national media and the many outlets who worked with George Michael and regional media in their hometown of New York City and the many places Cindi moved to: Maryland, Switzerland, Texas, Michigan, and New Jersey.
-Utilize sports, women, and family interest media to cover the variety of topics throughout the memoir.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite The Sportscaster's Daughter is a moving memoir by Cindi Michael, the daughter of legendary sportscaster George Michael. Anyone looking at Cindi would see a person with a charmed life, a loving husband, beautiful children and a successful career. She seems to have it all yet she still longs for the love of her estranged father, having been abruptly ousted when she began to show independence and refused to bend to his controlling demands. Still, throughout her twenties, she longs to find out how did things go so wrong? How did her father turn from the man who fought for sole custody of her and her siblings, saving them from a neglectful home, to one who would become verbally and emotionally abusive at every turn. Despite it all, Cindi still remained hopeful of a reconciliation, all the way up to George Michael's death and the shocking realization that she had been written out of his obituary. The Sportscaster's Daughter by Cindi Michael is a tale of forgiveness and self acceptance. I'm not an avid sports listener by any means so I feel that I was able to dive into The Sportscaster's Daughter without any preconceived notions of the man who for a time was such a dominant figure in her life. While that lack of knowledge was a boon as I was able to fully grasp the scope of Michael's story and see how much the need to please and prove herself affected many decisions in her life, I also felt that a lot of the emotional impact in this memoir was predicated on knowing at least a little about George Michael himself. Still, I found myself rooting for Cindi at every turn, hoping that she would find the stability and love she so desired, to find her own triumph despite the rejection she faced. The Sportscaster's Daughter by Cindi Michael is a great read for anyone looking to dig deeper into the legend, to find not a god, but a man with flaws like everyone else. A man whose flaws hurt the people who loved him most.
Like a duck floating on water, she glided through high school, but underneath she was really paddling like hell. She was smart, disciplined, well-liked and above all smart, Her father was truly an enigma in the sports arena, a daunting shadow to live under no doubt. Yet she was hiding so much pain in which she so richly tells what was really going on at home during that period. She had an idyllic relationship with him as a child, but as he became a sportscaster, he pulled further and further away from her into the limelight as she longed to keep her place in her dad's heart. Writing from that place of adoration, you feel her crushed and perplexed spirit by his reversal of affection for her. To make matters worse, a youthful decision shatters all there is left and she is left to forge ahead on her own to pick up the broken pieces and make a life and future for herself. Even after a brief and hope-filled reconciliation, she rises and falls in its tragic rhythm. It's amazing how when thrust into a place you never imagined you'd be in, you can take life one heartbeat at a time through the ups and downs and still come out okay. It's like the art of Kintsugi, a Japanese philosophy which restores broken pottery weaving the damage into the beauty of the restored item, making it part of the object's history. In the end, the result is more beautiful than the original. You will not want to put it down, as you will long to see all it's beauty and brokenness.
The Sportscaster's Daughter is the story of forgiveness & strength from a family that wants nothing to do with you. Cindi Michael was the middle child of three kids, of the famed sportscaster George Michael. When Cindi was around eleven years old, her family was torn apart with her father fighting for custody of all three kids. As time went on, Cindi had to fight to be included in the family until several decisions that she made, that lead to her been excluded from the family. It takes a failed marriage, finding her one true love and the death of her father to make Cindi realize where she truly stands in her messed up family. All I can say is wow, I'm still in shock after reading this book of how badly Cindi was treated by her own family but I can also sadly related to what she went through as well. I know this book is just Cindi's point of view but you can't help but to think what truly went on behind the scenes that maybe Cindi doesn't know to get her excluded from the family. I do have to say that Cindi is a brave person for wanting to keep in contact even when everyone is telling her to get lost and being able to find her one true love in the mist of everything. Thank You to Cindi Michael for sharing your story so somebody else can understand that they are not alone with dealing with families like yours! I received this book from the BookSparks : The Magic Of Memoir Blog Tour.