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The colorful, sentimental, funny, affectionate, cantankerous memoir by the most colorful, funniest, most cantankerous and probably the most revered sportswriter of the last fifty years Dan Jenkins is accepted as one of the greatest if not the greatest golf writer of all time, wrote beloved bestselling novels and abused corporate expense accounts than anyone who ever lived It s a touching, laugh out loud tribute to the romanticism of old time sportswriting and the glory days of sports As Dan Jenkins says in the first few pages of his memoir Sometimes, I envy my own childhood A lot of us can say that about Dan s entire life He grew up in the Great Depression, but he doesn t seem ever to have been depressed He was too busy having fun and enjoying life In His Ownself, we now get to share in the fun Dan takes us back to his youth in Texas and his eccentric, wealthy mother with whom he never lived he lived with his grandparents while his mother flitted in and out of his life and his sports fan father, whom he barely knew We see Dan s growth as a sportswriter from his high school paper through to his first job at the Fort Worth Press and we understand what it was like to be a sports fan in Texas it basically meant understanding a lot about passion, religion, heroes, and drinking And then it s on to the glory days of Sports Illustrated, the most entertaining and most star studded pages in the book Dan was one of the handful of writers who made SI what it was for so many decades the most important sports magazine ever Not coincidentally, Dan was also at the center of New York night life in those days hanging out at Elaine s while swapping stories with politicians and movie stars and New York s best writers and best bartenders Above all, this is a sports nostalgia fan s dream book And, in particular, a golfer s dream book There are two chapters on Ben Hogan, whom Dan knew well enough to play many rounds of golf with There are up close and very personal looks at Byron Nelson, Palmer, Nicklaus, Tiger Dan has covered every Masters and US Open and British Open for the pastyears He takes us behind the scenes of those tournaments to capture the drama, the humor and the absurdity of those events This book is Dan Jenkins remembering, spewing and mouthing off about everything under the sun politics, hypocrites, political correctness, the past, the present, Hollywood, money, athletes and, of course, writing the way very few sportswriters have ever been able to write Dan Jenkins writes funny and that ain t easy Like Mark Twain, in these days of political correctness run amok, we may not see his like again We is witty but uncompromising in recounting over 60 years of reporting on sports He debunks sacred cows but clearly loves his life s work Jocks are athletically talented but not necessarily intellectually gifted Narcissism and arrogance too often are the characteristics most in evidence by today s sports stars Jenkins is unmerciful in depicting them as they are I thoroughly enjoyed his memories and commentary on a side of sports seldom see Kudos to his onself. Maybe I am just jealous of the life that Dan Jenkins has led As a retired journalist, I certainly never got to do half the thingsJenkins did as a writer for the Fort Worth Press, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Playboy magazine But the dizzying ride Jenkins take us on in His Ownself practically exhausted me and made me wonder when he ever had time to write his articles and books I ve had the opportunity to know some of Jenkins best friends Blackie Sherrod , Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright through the years and can attest to the validity of all the wild things they did during the years when writing for a newspaper could be a blast But Jenkins later years at SI made me wonder if the magazine ever had accountants He and his wife stayed in the best hotels, ate in the best restaurants and drank at the best watering holes Along the way he made great friends with some very unlikely folks for a sports writer to know I think it speaks to Dan Jenkins tremendous talents as a writer for him to know so many people in show business And his many stories about his close relationship with Ben Hogan, an infamously chilly legend on the golf circuit, seems to reaffirm that I didn t give Jenkins a higher rating because, frankly, I got a bit tired of the name dropping and references to his luxury travels I really wanted to know about what it took to get inside the minds of famous golfers and football stars Regardless, this is a fun read for anyone who has followed Jenkins career and enjoyed his best selling books. I have most every book Dan Jenkins has written I think I have all of them and enjoyed several movies based on his grand works SEMI TOUGH will always be easily accessible in my DVD collection HIS OWNSELF A SELF MEMOIR, his latest creation, is my personal favorite I have the honor and pleasure of knowing Dan, both of us living in the same city, Fort Worth, and existing in approximately the same age bracket Being in his company is never a bore This book captures the easiness and traits of the best sports writer on the planet No, I m not laying it on a bit thick Dan Jenkins has won every single award possible, yet maintains that special quality of writing in the same frame as he speaks He is a casual conversationalist, and the pages reflect the feeling he is chatting with you I found myself laughing out loud as Dan focused on some of the happenings in his personal life, yet he also reveals some facts pertaining to his ultra successful professional career that grab the attention in a strong manner that could never be contrived He knows all of the top pro golfers, of course he is amongst those special giants in the WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME and shares many mind boggling memories with us Although he is highly diversified when it comes to sports, especially college and pro football, the golf links seem to be his specialty He was a close, personal friend of Ben Hogan played dozens of rounds of golf with the man many, including his peers, considered to be the grand master of them all, yet almost unapproachable He releases his thoughts toward Tiger, as well as almost every big winner in the difficult game, dating back to the 50s Dan doesn t put on the brakes, it would be completely against the grain for him to do so even though he may make some of the top players develop a case of the yips as they absorb this masterpiece This is one book that I promise you ll enjoy, even if you re not hooked on golf Of course, you d expect this from Dan Jenkins He breaks par on every page This reminiscence autobiography was a treat for me, as I have admired his writing for almost fifty years Golf and football are two of the main focal points in the book, as these are the two sports that Jenkins wrote most often about Yes, he drops lots of names It s hard not to when you have been in the catbird s seat for as long as he has No, he is not politically correct In fact he cites political correctness as one of the greatest threats to freedom of speech in this country For example, he calls out the New York writer who finds racism in every metaphor west of the Hudson River He is candid, yet he says it all with wit and style that is hard to find in sports reporting these days He often laments the fading of character and sportsmanship in athletics, a belief I share The best parts of the book are his few chapters regarding his friend Ben Hogan, a man who had very few personal relationships And the three or four pages regarding Tiger Woods are classic He leaves no doubt as to what he thinks of Tiger as a man and a worthy representative of the game Run from this book if you think this is the golden age of sports and everything till now is prelude Think zillionaire athletes, fantasy teams, mega halftime shows, instant replay enhanced officiating, inane sports reporting , etc Otherwise, allow yourself to be transported with a man over the past eighty or so years to enjoy a journey through a life very well lived, and a sports landscape that I believe we have sadly lost forever.