Sunday, March 30, 2008


I admit it, I created this blog to sell books. Hopefully lots and lots of books. My second one, "Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry," is out this week, and I'm hoping Gary Player isn't the only one who buys it.
Sports Illustrated is running an excerpt in its Masters preview issue, which only means I've extended my SI subscription for life. In three months, after I've harassed every colleague in the business into plugging "Arnie & Jack," I'll have fewer friends than Eliot Spitzer.
So there you have it, a full confession. I've entered the blogosphere with something to sell. Imagine that.
Meanwhile, in between my self-serving blogs on all things Palmer and Nicklaus, I'll actually submit posts that will have no impact on my bottom line (coming soon: there's no 'i" in "team" but there is one in "Riley" (as in Pat) and "hypocrite" (as in Pat). Imagine that, too.
But just in case you missed the 17 other purchase links on this blog, you can buy "Arnie & Jack" here.

Thanks for stopping in. Hope you'll be back.......Ian O'Connor


patrice said...

I know this is the eternal argument raised whenever exceptional performers in any field but of different eras are compaired, but it enjoyable to consider when this "Who's the best ever" question comes up.
I'd love to see how Tiger would do using the clubs and balls, as well as play the course conditions of Jack and Arnie.
Tiger would certainly excel, but with his horrible, brooding, and usually profane attitude when things don't go his way, there would be many implosions.
Give the Jack in his prime the equipment and course conditions of Tiger's era, and you could easily add a few dozen more victories, not to mention a handful of majors too.

edgwriting said...

Hello Ian:

Congratulations on the full page in the Apr 6 NYT Book Section.

This avid golfer is on my way to Borders today!

As a professional writer (over 50 years in the advertising and marketing
communications business), former U.S. Navy Combat Correspondent, and an aspiring
novelist, I’m anxious to get one of my manuscripts in the hands of an agent who
is sympathetic to the golfing venue. Maybe it’s your agent?

My novel, The Oldtimerz©, covers the bizarre and entertaining behaviors of a
close-knit, golf-passionate foursome – all in their 70’s – who’ve been playing
the game for over 50 years at the fictional Chester County Municipal Public Golf
Course. And dramatically includes four ghosts that materialize prior to the
players once-in-a-lifetime St. Andrews Old Course experience.

These characters are not four ordinary senior citizen golfers. Three are overly
cranky, crabby, troublesome, argumentative, irritating old fogies repeatedly
initiating squabbles with other players and the club’s staff; another kind of
“game” they seem to enjoy. In the novel we observe them in action and laugh at
their trouble-making antics. The fourth member is a genuine good guy, ever the
unappreciated arbitrator and peacemaker not exempt from his cronies impish

Each of the four ghosts eerily encountered in Scotland has a unique and
celebrated St. Andrews Old Course connection. Golf pioneer Old Tom Morris. The
debonair Duke of Windsor – once Captain of the Royal & Ancient. Champagne Tony
Lema, the flamboyant American who won a British Open on these hallowed grounds.
A local “St. Andrewsian” who had personally observed Bobby Jones’ poignant Old
Course experiences. The ghosts pass on insightful (well-researched) personal
information and particular inspirations during these frightening but
enlightening meetings – setting up The Oldtimerz for their once-in-a-lifetime
Old Course miracle experience

Through it all, the book details much of the amazing history of the town of St.
Andrews, the Old Course, and of the game of golf itself, while delightfully and
informatively covering the old guys’ hilarious reactions to Scottish culture,
cuisine and beverages (much based on the author’s firsthand experience and
50-year history of playing golf, who also boasts two holes-in-one – so far).

The novel envelops and illustrates the value of friendship despite foibles,
loyalty despite obstacles, and honor without fear. The reader is quickly
wrapped in the irascible charm and curmudgeon-ism of our lovable scoundrels.
And while they’re introduced in the novel, the reader soon finds he or she has
actually known The Oldtimerz forever, and through their story becomes even
closer to the extraordinary appeal and magic of the wonderful game of golf – as
do the Oldtimerz themselves (or will they?).

Do you think your agent would be interested in pursuing this with me?

I’d appreciate any help you can provide.

Good luck with Arnie & Jack; I hope it’s a winner for you!


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