IWU Alum Kindred to Speak at Homecoming
September 27, 2006
Nationally-known sportswriter Dave Kindred, a 1963 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, former Pantagraph sportswriter and native of Atlanta, Ill., will present a lecture and sign his latest
book during IWU Homecoming festivities next week.
Kindred’s latest book is “Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship,”
which recreates the unlikely connection between heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad
Ali and “heavyweight” broadcaster Howard Cosell. Many of the events in the book are
recounted firsthand by the author, who knew both men personally.
In his New York Times review, noted boxing author Budd Schulberg wrote: "’Sound and Fury’ happily lives
up to its promise in defining ‘two powerful lives’ and ‘one fateful friendship,’ telling
the interwoven stories of the two most colorful and controversial sports figures,
the most celebrated and self-celebrating prizefighter and sportscaster who ever lived.
. .Theirs was a tale waiting to be told, and Dave Kindred's credentials make him the
ideal testifier to this odd couple's verbal sparring.”
Kindred will speak about the art of biography writing at 11 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 6 in
the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library, 100 Ames Plaza, Bloomington. He will describe
the processes of research, reporting, organization, narrative structure and decision-making
on emphasis, tone and verification that he has used over the years in writing his
Also on Fri., Oct. 6, Kindred will be signing the Ali-Cosell book from 2 to 4 p.m.
in The Ames Library's John Wesley Powell Rotunda.
Kindred has been a newspaper columnist for 37 years, covering sports for numerous
newspapers and magazines, including The Sporting News, the Washington Post and Golf
Digest. He is the 1991 winner of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports
journalism, as well as a multiple winner of the "National Sportswriter of the Year"
award, and has authored seven books.
CONTACT: Stew Salowitz, 309-556-3206