- Gebundene Ausgabe: 273 Seiten
- Verlag: Gotham (6. Mai 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1592403611
- ISBN-13: 978-1592403615
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 16,1 x 2,8 cm
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Always By My Side: A Father's Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Mai 2008
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An equally compelling journey is Jim Nantzs Always By My Side: A Fathers Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other. Part autobiography, part reminiscence, Always By My Side was inspired by CBS commentator Nantzs 2007 broadcast triple play of calling three of sports grandest eventsthe Super Bowl, the Final Four and the Mastersin a 63-day period. The sweetness of that triumph was tempered by the fact that his father and namesake was succumbing to Alzheimers and could not share or even know of his sons success. But Nantz discovered a truth that resonated throughout his life: no matter what the circumstance, his father was always by his side. Moving and easily readable, Nantzs story offers inside moments that will delight sports fans, while touching the heart of anyone who has watched a loved one slip into the deep fog of Alzheimers.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jim Nantz is the signature face and voice of CBS Sports, who has covered nearly every one of the networks sporting events since 1985.
Eli Spielman, Emmy Awardwinning senior studio writer at CBS Sports, has been collaborating with Jim Nantz for more than twenty years.
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The book's first track centers around Nantz's close relationship with his father. As Jim's career blossomed, he turned to his father for companionship and advice. Yet in May of 1995, their consistently close and clear communication began to fade, as Jim heard the dreaded diagnosis: His father had Alzheimer's. Quite candidly, Jim writes: "Night and day I struggle with the question, what did my father ever do to deserve this living hell?"
The second track traces Jim Nantz's broadcasting career, which began during his student days at the University of Houston. He started practicing what he had learned from observing sport broadcasters Jim McKay, Win Elliott, and Pat Summerall. As he transitioned quickly into network appearances, he remembered his father's counsel: "Aiming for the stars is what Dad always encouraged us to do."
Definitely, Jim Nantz achieved his professional dream. Yet as my video review confirms, he missed out on one major dream--to have his father continue to accompany Jim to major sports events, with keen intellect intact and awareness undimmed.
Once you read this book, I'm confident you will recommend it to your friends and colleagues, as I am doing with mine.
Little did any of us know that he did much of it while dealing with the loss of his Dad to Alzheimer's. This book recounts that episode in his life and tells of the anguish and the pain that this terrible disease inflicts on loved ones.
Before reading this book and learning more about Jim Nantz, his family and his life experiences it has always been clear to me that he is a genuine gentleman and a caring and thoughtful person. After reading it, this is confirmed in spades.
For those who have never had to experience the heartbreaking realization of what Alzheimer's does to it's victims and their families, this book will open your eyes and tug at your heart.
For those that just love to learn some of the inside stories of what it is like to be Jim Nantz and rub elbows with some of the most interesting people around this book delivers on that score as well.
For those who hope to pick up some dirt or gossip about some of the issues and people that Nantz has been associated with during his time at CBS Sports, you will be disappointed. He may kiss, but he dosen't tell. That's not the kind of person he is.
Nantz still has a long career ahead of him and this is not intended to be an autobiography. It opens a window on his life that he wanted to share, to honor his father and tell the world what he meant to him. It does that quite well.