Happy birthday to the late, great George Plimpton.
George was a wearer of many hats, including his most famous – founder of the Paris Review.
George was a man of nearly infinite interests. He enjoyed writing and reporting by doing and experiencing. Some of his incredible feats as a human and a writer:
-played the Apollo Theatre
-pitched against the National League
-went through pre-season training with the Detroit Lions
-trained as a goalie with the Boston Bruins
-appointed Fireworks Commissioner of New York
-attended the premiere of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Hunter S. Thompson
More can be read about his incredible life can be found on his wikipedia page.
If you’re interested, there’s an absolutely wonderful George Plimpton site, run by admirers.
And if you want to read some of his work, I suggest starting with The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, a collection of some of his essays.
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