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Frank DeFord

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by CentralIllinoisan, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    OK, Frank DeFord is coming to Bradley University, and I, verily, was picked to attend the lecture. He's supposed to speak on a half-century of sports journalism, and I'm supposed to cover it.

    I'd not read a single word of DeFord's before a few days ago. Any suggestions? My editor says he just wants the usual color of the crowd, jist of the speech, etc.

    Bradley is playing, at home, in Game 2 of the CBI, so I'm tempted to use that as a parallel. I dunno.

    Help out a journo brother.
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Do some research on The National. He was the EIC. I wanted his job. The paper folded before I could even graduate HS. Should have taken the hint.

    Also research his involvement with cystic fibrosis...his daughter died of it.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Please, CI, find out in advance if you can have a few minutes afterward to sit and talk with him. An absolutley brilliant and fascinating man...as well as one of the nicest human beings you'll ever meet.

    And as BYH suggested, reasearch The National as well as his work at SI and his charitable work for CF
  4. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Ask him if his hairstyle was inspired by Pauly Walnuts, or was it the other way around.


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  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    His Bob Knight piece called "The Rabbit Hunter" is one of his best...

    His Anna Kournikova cover piece in SI may have been one of his most controversial. He and SI got shredded (mostly justifiably) after it ran. I'd be curious if he could tell you about the hate mail he got after that one...

    He has an anthology out there that you could read in a few hours...

    I've met him a couple times. I don't know if strange is the right word, but he's definitely very out there...
  6. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Also, ask him what the hell Bryant Gumbel is writing in his notepad when "Real Sports" transitions to the studio segments.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Great guy.

    My pet description of him is "charmingly naive".

    You'll find out.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Very nice guy. He's so nice it almost catches you off-guard...
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    You also can go to NPR's web site and search for his weekly commentaries on Morning Edition.

    Also, now that the SI archive is open, you can dive into everything he's done there. I recommend finding -- it's either from 1980 or 1981 -- his scene piece on the Indianapolis 500. It's hilarious.
  10. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    By all means, ask him about The National. And find out if his money man in Mexico is ready to give it another try, only on the Web this time. Then PM me.
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Also, when you introduce yourself to him, don't pronounce his last name with a capital "F." It's "Deford."
  12. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member


    Please visit SI.com/vault and give these three articles a read. They represent some of the best feature writing ever penned in Sports Illustrated.

    1. The Rabbit Hunter


    2. The Boxer and The Blond


    3. The Toughest Coach There Ever Was

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