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The Roland Lazenby
writing routine: In bed
by 10, up at 2, write till
7, back to bed for an
hour and a half.
Roland has always been
good about promoting
and this book has taken
him to New York and
Miami and produced
more than 180 radio
and journalism students in August of that year published a book of coverage on the tragedy, "April 16.
Virginia Tech Remembers."
The most difficult part of writing the Jordan book?
"There was an incident of abuse in Michael's family;
that was difficult to include, but I wanted to tell the
Michael Jordan was not interviewed for the book:
"Nobody wants a biography," Roland notes. "He helped
me some." The book's details came from good, solid
research using resources like death certificates at Ances-
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try.com and personal visits to places where the Jordan
family members lived.
Roland has always been good about promoting and
this book has taken him to New York and Miami and
produced more than 180 radio interviews. He maintains
the routine he has had for years: bed at 10, get up at 2
a.m. and write until 7; sleep another one-and-a-half
His latest project is a book for VMI about its winning
football program from 1953 to 1965 under the leadership of John McKenna. It is being written with friend
and fellow author Mike Ashley.
And, I'm still reading, and enjoying the Jordan
work. "The Life" is 700 pages, even though Roland cut
100 pages from it after listening to the 17 CDs it took
for the oral version. The Boston Globe review asserted
it is the "best volume ever written on perhaps basketball's greatest player." The Chicago Tribune, which
takes note of the biography being longer than most
of those about Abraham Lincoln, gives high praise
for its thoroughness and its depiction of how family
Darn it, Roland. After I finish this book, I have to
go back and read the one on Jerry West and the one on
Phil Jackson and the one . . .
And, so should everyone else.I