This week’s Glass Half Empty podcast guest is the legendary Frank Deford, who began writing for Sports Illustrated in 1962 and doing commentary for NPR in 1980. He’s authored over a dozen books, including, most recently, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.
Here’s a summary of the contents:
1:30 – On the transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner
6:20 – The NCAA, amateurism, and regulations
11:40 – Recalling the time Vince McMahon “borrowed” his (expensive) shoes at a bowling party, and just refused to give them back for a long enough time that Deford and his wife just went home without them.
15:30 – Making Miller Lite commercials with Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Uecker, and John Madden
24:40 – The early years of Sports Illustrated
27:00 – Discovering Bill Bradley
32:00 – Watson vs. Nicklaus
38:00 – Reluctantly picking out some of his stories that stood out
39:50 – Getting random life advice from Colonel Sanders
44:00 – Talking about The National, the daily newspaper where Tony Kornheiser, Mike Lupica, John Feinstein, Charlie Pierce, Dave Kindred, Dave Meltzer, and Norman Chad wrote at and Deford was editor-in-chief.
Hope it’s anywhere near as enjoyable to listen to as it was to research and tape.