It is a small world that we live in. I actually met Jeff through a mutual friend, Patty Jo Hedges, who at the time was playing for the University of Kentucky in the early 80s. Jeff stayed in the same apartment building as PJ and we spent a couple of evenings together talking college basketball. Jeff at the time was working for the Lexington-Herald. Fast forward about 10 years in the future and our paths crossed again via Dale Brown and LSU Basketball as Coach Brown got involved with Jeff's Wendy Marx Foundation. Wendy was Jeff's sister, a liver transplant recipient who parlayed her own health challenges into a powerful message of hope for others. Our involvement with Jeff and the foundation had a profound effect -- I have "Organ Donor" marked on my drivers license and encourage others to give thought to organ donation at well.
Among the many books that Jeff has wrote, "Season of Life" was another that spoke directly to me. It is about the relationship between Jeff and Joe Ehrmann of the Baltimore Colts. For me, Dale Brown was my Joe Ehrmann. My relationship with Coach Brown and the lessons I learned opened up a great level for my relationship with my father -- except I truly hadn't recognized that until I read "Season of Life."
For those interested, here is some info on the new book from Jeff
Walking with Tigers will be released on September 15. Prior to that, a limited offering of 500 copies will be signed, numbered, and dated by the author. Here is information.
The book: Walking with Tigers is an unconventional collection of LSU sports stories. These stories are not about games. They are about people and their lives. They are about the powerful reach of LSU sports and the passion that comes with a long history of excellence. You will find new material about Tiger greats Alex Bregman, Dale Brown, Kimberlyn Duncan, Leonard Fournette, Bert Jones, Mikie Mahtook, Raph Rhymes, Stanley Roberts, Jimmy Taylor, and many others. You will also find entertaining stories about the Bengal Belles, a lucky can of corn, and an LSU sports bar in New York City.
The author: Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Marx is the author of two New York Times bestsellers – Season of Life and The Long Snapper. This is his sixth book. Marx is a native New Yorker who now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
To order now as part of this limited offering: Please make your check for $23 per book (price includes shipping) payable to “Walking with Tigers” and send it to:
Walking with Tigers8262 S. Harts Mill Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Please enclose a note with the address to which your shipment should be made. Also, if you want your book(s) personalized, include name(s) for inscription. Please note: Books will be mailed in early September.