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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

15 thoughts on “His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Dan Jenkins, Henry Strozier, Recorded Books: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Hanksterman Hanksterman says:

    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.

  2. Bill Mack Bill Mack says:

    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

  3. Charles W. Houseworth Charles W. Houseworth says:

    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.

  4. Gary K. McCormick Gary K. McCormick says:

    Dan Jenkins is somewhat of a polarizing character, seen by some of the tightly wound in the world of sports and sportswriting these days as a politically incorrect dinosaur, but there s no denying his bonafides as a sportswriter In a career that has spanned 65 years so far he has written about golf and college football, mostly, and other sports when called upon to do so, for the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Herald, Sports Illustrated, and Golf Digest, with a few years of providing a sports column to Playboy magazine as well He has covered of golf s major tournaments than any writer living, and speaking of that, he is one of only three golf writers to have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame the others being Herbert Warren Wind and Bernard Darwin and the only one inducted, in his words, while still vertical.In His Ownself A Memoir , Jenkins reaches into his formidable memory and comes back with tales of his early life growing up in a sports crazy town, Fort Worth, Texas, in a sports crazy time, the 1930s College football and golf were the most important sports of his formative years, with the TCU Horned Frogs in town and the SMU Mustangs just down the road in Dallas, not to mention that two of the greatest golfers ever to swing a club, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, were also Fort Worth native sons.Jenkins began his career with the Fort Worth Press, starting on the job as an incoming college freshman Over the years he met and wrote about all the greats he got to know Ben Hogan while still a college golfer and sportswriter for the Forth Worth Press, and came to know the great man very well over the years Besides innumerable columns and sidebars, he has penned eleven novels three of which that have been made into movies, with varying degrees of success and nine nonfiction books At age 84 he is still writing for Golf Digest, and attending golf s major tournaments the Masters, the U.S Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship to provide eager readers with his unique insights.Readers of this book who have read his other work and I cannot imagine that they won t have will recognize the tenor of his fictional tales in the stories he tells of his early life and subsequent career Many characters and personalities, and even thinly disguised versions of real life incidents from his own life, have made their way into his fiction over the years, and the dedicated Jenkins reader will be delighted to discover these serendipities as they read this book I m sure that some critical readers, encountering the real life incidents in this memoir that have been reflected in Jenkins fiction will lambast him for the roman a clef qualities of his novels, but personally, I delighted in discovering these matchups between real life and fiction.The bottom line is that anyone who is a fan of sportswriting, especially where it pertains to golf from the days of Hogan, Nelson, and Snead to the present, is doing themselves a disservice if they don t read His Ownself A Memoir Over the years, Dan Jenkins saw it all, knew them all and wrote about it all, in the kind of brash, sometimes cynical, sometimes playful but always insightful prose that is a rare commodity in these tip toeing days of million dollar tournament paychecks and big buck corporate sponsorship No sports fan s library is complete without this book.

  5. olingerstories olingerstories says:

    In Dan Jenkins semi memoir he says anything with the name semi in it sells , he describes his basic attitude through most of his career as Smoking, drinking, and not giving a ___ True as that is, what comes through in the book is that there is than meets the eye with this legendary writer Disciplined he never missed a deadline talented he conquered sports, novels, and moives opinionated political correctness is the bain of human existence politically conservative George H.W Bush gets a chapter Christian he even lists the church where he and his wife are members Still, Jenkins legacy is arguably the greatest sports writer in the 20th century, without argument the greatest college football and golf writer.Many of the stories have been told before particularly in the history of Sports Illustrated, The FRANCHISE, and TEXAS LITERARY OUTLAWS but they are never boring Neither is Jenkins shy about giving his view of things The best interview Jack Nicklaus the best sports editor Blackie Sherrod the most overrated journalist SI editor Gil Rogan the best place to grow up Fort Worth during the 1930s the most misunderstood Ben Hogan the biggest turnoff the political correctness police.This is a very fun book, but it also serves as a reminder that there was a time when sports journalists had real literary chops.

  6. Dan Westmoreland Dan Westmoreland says:

    As a fan of Dan Jenkins for over 50 years I thought I had read all his books They are really so special to me because I too am a native of Fort Worth Texas, Paschal HS 1961 and a distinguished drop out of TCU 1966 I was even a carrier of his paper the Fort Worth Press His descriptions of the fun city really bring back many good memories The only unforced error I found was his description of his air conditioned 1948 Ford, Dan is 80 so I forgive him, but Ford didn t get air until 1955 He has a great memory I don t know how he could have thought he drove and air conditioned car to school in 48 I am sure all the rest of the stories a semi true His description of Paschal Coach Charley Turner and his infamous paddle was still painfully true 20 years after Dan graduated Today s education system needs an army of Charley Turners.

  7. Stewart Salowitz Stewart Salowitz says:

    I ve read and laughed through everything Dan Jenkins has written, and His Ownself is no different He drops names, but that s what anyone who reads this book wants Arnie, Jack, Ben, Bear, Blackie, Sonny the list goes on.Jenkins is honest about his life, which I d describe as a charmed life homes in Manhattan, Hawaii scads of dollars made on books travels expensed all around the world I just kept thinking how lucky he has been, while also realizing that writing is hard work and he s done decades of that.Take this book with you and read it in the restaurant that serves you the best biscuits and gravy the consistency of school paste and enjoy one of the top story tellers we have around today.

  8. J. Michalowski J. Michalowski says:

    and now I really do I ve been a fan of Dan Jenkins work since I first read Dead Solid Perfect as a kid I don t think he has a book I haven t read and by the way loved In reading his self memoir I now know where he got the ideas for many of his book and some of his memorable characters With his fast paced writing style, even reading about his days working at a local newspaper in Texas are interesting as he vividly describes the people and the atmosphere I don t want to spoil the book so I won t say but if you are a fan of Jenkins this is an absolute must read After reading the book I feel I could sit down with Dan for dinner and talk to him like I ve known him my whole life.

  9. golfguy golfguy says:

    All it will do is make you laugh and smile and remember great players, not all golfers , and great stories, historical tournaments, lots of bars and restaurants, lockerooms, hotels, big cities and little towns If you read this book you ll be forced to read about athletes, actors, playwrights, jounalists, politicians, millionaires and semi characters all connected one way or another with the incredible sportswritng moviewriting career of the unmatchable Dan Jenkins.Nah, don t read this book He doesn t need the money and you ll just bust a gut laughing and then you ll have an outrageous medical bill to pay You ll hate this book

  10. gatoruno gatoruno says:

    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.

  11. Joel Joel says:

    Dan Jenkins is one of the best sports writers that I have had the prIvilege to read. He has excelled as a columnist, a writer of magazine articles and a novelist In His Ownself he takes you through his adventures to arrive at this point in his life As I am from Dallas many of his adventures ring true taking you from Paskell High to TCU to New York City.It has been quite a journey and I hope there are places that I can go to through his eyes The only negative that I have is that it is a bit self serving in relating to the many dignitaries with whom he has rubbed shoulders.

  12. Bernice Bruce's Bernice Bruce's says:

    Jenkins best writing and most disjointed is moved along by the force, fun, ingenuity, and subject matter of his semi memoir For those of you who wondered if being a sports writer is the most magical job in the world it is, but not because of the athletes or the inside scoop on games that fascinate The book is an ode to the humor and comaraderie among sports reporters and their sports heroes This book captures and enhances everything youHoped was true about the reporting life it is cynical, irreverent, interesting, and odd The reader is lucky to be along for this joy ride of a book.

  13. Larry Jackson Larry Jackson says:

    It s good to know that at this advanced age, DJ hasn t lost a step at all in his writing He s had a fascinating life and of course has an entertaining way of telling it He runs conservative, which is disappointing but probably a function of being in his 80s, rich, white and from Texas And he does occasionally sound like a grumpy old man But he has marvelous stories and writes them well And he includes some clips from his newspaper and Sports Illustrated days, such as this one that may be the greatest lead of all time If the typesetters aren t careful, Nebraska s Johnny Rodgers may leap right out of this sentence, and like the hummingbird he is, go flitting through the ads, photographs, along the margins of the pages, in and out of other stories, and out the back cover if that s what it takes to beat somebody For three seasons, Rodgers has been the super gnat of college football and well, there he goes again, darting from the Contents page into the kidneys of the Colorado Buffaloes on another surreal punt return.That s Dan Jenkins his ownself right there.

  14. Allan D. Grody Allan D. Grody says:

    The personal memoirs of Dan Jenkins are both interesting and funny His personal associations with famous golfers, football players, athletes and President George H.W Bush are great to read about and far interesting than reading about fictional characters Since Dan and I are about the same age, it became even interesting reading about Ben Hogan, Bobby Layne, Doak Walker and Babe Didrikson, who was not only a great golfer but also the greatest female athlete that the country has ever produced.It s a fun book to read, mixed with nostalgia, current times and humor It s very well written and I fully enjoyed it.

  15. James A Perch James A Perch says:

    I was introduced to Dan Jenkins back in the 60 s when he wrote about college football and golf for Sports Illustrated I became a lifetime fan when I read Semi Tough, the best and funniest sports novel ever written Jenkins recounts tales and stories of a life that most people can only dream about You learn from the book where most of the characters from his novels came up with some of the funniest lines ever uttered I f you re a golf fan, his recollections of Ben Hogan are worth buying and reading the book just to learn about one of the greatest golfers of all time I highly recommend His Ownself.