A beautiful ode to writers, by a good one. A weatherman fail. And an NFL rookie takes girl to the prom

It’s always hard for me to explain to people why I love and admire great writers so much.
Maybe it’s that because I’m in the same profession, I know how hard it is to do what they do (kinda like how singers idolized Sinatra, or tennis players see the brilliance of Federer).
Or maybe they just make me feel better about what I do, because if I’m in the same profession as these guys, there must be some nobility in it somewhere.

I’m rambling here. But a terrific writer named Kevin Van Valkenburg has penned this beautiful essay on Chris Jones’s great blog, about a night he and some fellow writers spent at the legendary NYC bar, Elaine’s, and the fear and thrill he felt at being there.

It really says a lot of things that I feel but aren’t always able to express. Please give it a read; it’s well worth five minutes of your time.

**Here’s a local weatherman not realizing he’s on the air, and making a total ass of himself. For some reason this really made me laugh:

**And now, a heartwarming story about an NFL rookie.

J.T. Thomas was just drafted by the Chicago Bears. He befriended a 14-year-old girl named Joslyn Levell. Levell, who lives in Morgantown, W.Va. (where Thomas went to college) has spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair most of the time, so you can imagine the pain and suffering her life is filled with.

But last week, she got to experience a joyful almost all teens experience: She went to her prom. With a Chicago Bear.

Read this story and believe in the positive effect that one person can have on the world.

One response to “A beautiful ode to writers, by a good one. A weatherman fail. And an NFL rookie takes girl to the prom

  1. sanford sklanksky

    That was a great post by Van Valkenburg. I didn’t know who he was. I have heard of W.C Heinz but had never read anything he wrote. I just read Death of a Race Horse. I read in Wickipedia that Heinz had written some articles for SI. I am going to have to check the SI vault. I am surprised that there isn’t a book with his colums. Why hasn’t anyone done this. I would be nice if some one could find all or some of them and put them on line.

    I had read the story about the Bear player going to prom. That was a nice story. Prom is a real big deal here in Racine
    There is a documentary about the Racine prom
    http://www.worldsbestprom.com/

    And here is one more prom story that took place here in Wisconsin
    http://elitesportsandpr.com/packer-pays-for-students-prom-as-part-of-fundraiser/

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