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Born in 1930 in Nebraska, Jack Hawn later spent four years assigned to the army’s public information offices. In civilian life, he then found work as a copyboy at a Hollywood newspaper, was paid $5 to review plays and nightclub acts, and a year later filled a sports desk vacancy. Working for the LA Times, Jack Hawn’s journalism career covered sports and entertainment. He earned extra income as a television dramatist and wrote TV and radio scripts for sportscasters.
During his 43-year career, he covered Muhammad Ali title fights, boxing at the 1984 Olympics, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and other celebrities until his retirement from the LA Times in 1991.
Great book I critiqued this book and enjoyed every page I read. If you like to read about the early days of televised sports, journalists' lives, people like the Andrew Sisters and boxers, you will enjoy this book. Well written by a professional journalist. Lots of great pictures, too. It was a "blind journey" because he didn't start out to be a journalist, just stumbled into it, but it turned out to be a wonderful lifelong career.
I was part of the newspaper era in Los Angeles that Jack Hawn writes about so eloquently and knowledgeably. It was wonderful to re-visit that time, and I'm sure others will find reading this book and discovering that era very rewarding, too. The title is "Blind Journey," but Jack Hawn sees that special time in the L.A. journalistic jungle with clear and insightful eyes.
Born just after the Great Depression, Jack Hawn found that life ‘just happened’ for him in a series of serendipitous events, leading him into a writing career spanning 43 years. Although he never studied journalism, journalism found him after 4 years in the Army Public Information Offices.