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Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour (final chapter)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spnited, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    If you grew up in New Jersey, Jerry Izenberg is a legend.
    If you've been in this business long enough on the East Coast, you've learned that Jerry also is a great guy.
    He is one of only 3 remaining writers to cover every Super Bowl and will slip into semi-retirement after SB XLI in February.
    He's doing an eight-part retrospective of his 55 years in the business on consecutive Sunday's in The Star-Ledger. Here are Parts 1 and 2 (or episodes 1 and 2 as he calls them). Some very fine stuff.

  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Impressive stuff. I liked this quote in particular:

  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Truth is, Dools, I learned more from Jerry than he could ever learn from me.
  4. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    If I may, I echo spnited's thoughts on the Izenberg series. Having worked with Jerry for a number of years, I didn't know what to think when I heard he was going to do the series. I figured I didn't have to read it because I knew most of the stories, having heard them from the horse's mouth, so to speak. But I was wrong. He has even more stories to tell than I imagined and I have enoyed every word of it. Jerry is a vast font of knowledge that anybody in the business -- young or old -- can learn from.

    Thanks for listening.
  5. tommyp

    tommyp Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Wow...Part I was extremely heartwarming. I know Izenberg's slowed down a bit, but he still has a great fastball.
  6. Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Jerry was one of the old guys when I was a young guy who took the time. God bless him.
  7. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    To read Jerry is to know what sportswriting can be. To know Jerry is to know what a man can be. I love who he is and I love what he does.
  8. Vic Mackey

    Vic Mackey Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Thanks for the lin, spnited. Great reads, both of them.
  9. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    jerry has always been a class act. a great storyteller who has never, to my knowledge, big-timed anyone. he's the king of jersey, deservedly so. i'm privileged to count him as a friend.8) 8) 8)
  10. btdice

    btdice New Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    When I was a freshman in college, I had the audacity to want to interview him for the Pride Bowl, which he helped start. What followed wasn't an interview, it was a lecture on how to be a sports reporter and using some ethics in the job. It was my first, and best, lesson.
  11. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    I read him every day, especially when I was a junior and senior in high school.\

    Maybe I should have been reading my textbooks, but there's no way I would have learned as much or had as much fun.
  12. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Re: Jerry Izenberg's farewell tour

    Mr Nited,

    I've been a JI fan for a long time. I have How many miles to Camelot? ... back in the early 70s it was a good anti-sports-establishment read. I'm going to pick up his anthology. My regret: I spied him at a Gatti fight I was working and didn't introduce myself. That said, he never did answer my email afterward.

    Sigh, etc
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