Clyde Bolton's new book, _Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off_
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Release on or after: October 2, 2005
NEW BOOK CAPTURES THE GLORY OF ALABAMA SPORTS
TUSCALOOSA, AL-For 31 years, Clyde Bolton wrote four sports columns per
week for the Birmingham News. By his estimation, this makes him the most
widely read Alabamian in history. He may be right.
If not, then his chances of becoming the most widely read have just been
improved, with the release of his seventeenth book. Stop The Presses (So
I Can Get Off), subtitled "Tales from Forty Years of Sports Writing,"
offers readers a joyous romp through the SEC, the Nextel Cup circuit,
the newspaper business, high school sports, and much more.
It will surprise no one familiar with Bolton-or the Alabama sports
scene-that tales of Bear Bryant and Shug Jordan dominate. For most of
his career, he covered both schools' programs, heading to Tuscaloosa on
Tuesday, driving to Auburn on Thursday, and going wherever a game was on
But at one point or another, Clyde wrote just about every type of
sporting event in the state, and many beyond its borders. He covered a
World Series in Kansas City, stuck in an "auxiliary press box"-an area
in the stands so poorly roped off drunken fans could reach across and
peck at the keys on his word processor. High school swimming,
professional wrestling, XFL football, tennis, college basketball, minor
league baseball; Bolton reported on them all.
Bolton wrote about the first car race ever covered by the Birmingham
News, a 1962 event promoted by Tom Gloor. Little could he have imagined
when named the paper's official racing writer (a position he held until
1990), over protests that he knew nothing about the subject, that NASCAR
would become his favorite sport.
In relating the outlines of his life, Bolton pays homage to his mentors,
including famed sports editor Benny Marshall, and shares some insights
he's gained after a lifetime in the newspaper game. But throughout the
book, he never forgets that any good journalist-any good writer-is in
the business of telling stories. And oh, what stories!
Bolton writes of meeting Michael Jordan during the basketball star's
year with the Birmingham Barons; of having dinner with Muhammad Ali at
the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at Auburn University; of walking
incognito down sunny Birmingham sidewalks with Hall-of-Famer Johnny
Unitas. He explains why Bear Bryant, in his opinion, is the greatest
football coach ever; tells of interviewing Joe Namath in the next stall
in a men's bathroom; and reveals why his grandmother watched wrestling
on her hands and knees on the floor in front of the television.
Bolton is a three-time Alabama Sports Columnist of the Year (1988, 1992,
and 1999). He retired from the Birmingham News in 2001, the same year he
was inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Hall of Fame. Stop the
Presses (So I Can Get Off) will remind long-time readers of what they've
been missing for the past few years. And it'll make everyone else wish
they had paid more attention when they had the chance.
Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off) is a Fire Ant Book, an imprint of
the University of Alabama Press. These "books with bite" feature
compelling stories aimed at a broad audience. Concentrating on southern
culture and history, and including both original works and reprint
editions, they represent some of the finest work published by university
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Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off): Tales from 40 Years of Sports
Writing by Clyde Bolton
Publication date: October 2, 2005
280 pages * 6 x 9 * 16 b/w illustrations
ISBN 0-8173-5252-X * $25.00 paperback
To order, contact the Chicago Distribution Center * 773-702-7000 *
For additional information, contact: Dennis Lloyd *
dlloyd@... * direct line: 205-348-9534
A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
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Department of Anesthesiology Library
University of Alabama at Birmingham
619 19th Street South, JT965
Birmingham AL 35249-6810
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