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He was instantly recognizable from the snow-white hair and the giant glasses. This was partly because the bawdy audacity that characterized “Semi-Tough” seemed less audacious in later books, and partly because the characters espousing the attitudes and employing the language favored by Billy Clyde and friends struck many readers as much less appealing as public attitudes changed. “The devoted golfer is an anguished soul who has learned a lot about putting just the way an avalanche victim has learned a lot about snow,” Mr. Jenkins wrote in an article for the magazine that earned him a full-time job there.

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Still, he knows he is hopelessly trapped.

I got into Dan early, because we both grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.

He listed that among his top three moments in golf, along with Jack Nicklaus winning his sixth Masters at age 46 and the 1960 U.S. Open, regarded by many as being one of the greatest days in the history of the championship. Dan would sit before a typewriter, stick a cigarette in his mouth, and pound out a story riddled with jokes. Jenkins started his writing career at The Fort Worth Press and rose to stardom at Sports Illustrated. Born in Fort Worth, Jenkins … Will the TV Networks Lose Election Night?

Dan succeeded in making the sport of golf both interesting and weird.

In Semi-Tough, he created two benighted Texas jocks and laid their prejudices bare. Dan Jenkins, the sportswriting great and best-selling author in a career that went from Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods and the manual typewriter to Twitter, has died. campaign is where his geezer routine crosses over into something worse.”, “Now this writer is going to be partly remembered for this stuff,” he added, “which is a shame.”. “I read it aloud to my wife, who does not like football one bit, and she loved it.

Gary Smith liked to dig deeper. He was a sportswriterly state of being. What would I do?

Daniel Lilienthal – Obituary: DeadDeath has learnt about the passing of Jenkins who recently passed away. Another novel, “You Gotta Play Hurt” (1991), a sendup of the sportswriter’s life, tells of a cantankerous Fort Worthian and the stuffy, big time magazine he works for. “He knows he has used straight shafts, curved shafts, shiny shafts, dull shafts, glass shafts, oak shafts and Great Uncle Clyde’s World War I saber, which he found in the attic. Early life. By then, Jenkins was living in Fort Worth again after conquering New York City and Kauai. Privacy Notice Dan Jenkins with his daughter, Sally, in 2009, Giants star's wife saved by team trainers, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Dr. Fauci warns US may not return to 'normalcy' until 2022, Bill de Blasio ups the ante in his war on low-income, minority students, De Blasio's newest low: charging public schools to use athletic fields, How Graham Bensinger went from 8th-grade podcaster to sportscaster, Daniel Jones' Giants future is hanging in the balance, Mets can't let narrative ruin pursuit of coveted free agent, Trevor Lawrence dream comes with one big Jets reality check. He smoked in his author photos. “Being from Fort Worth, I would follow Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson anywhere,” Jenkins said on a 2011 conference call to announce his Hall of Fame selection.

Dan was like a sportswriter who walks out of a movie from the 1940s, slaps a couple of big bills on the bar, and tells the bartender, “Don’t neglect me.” I’m not vamping here. Arnold Palmer shot 65 in the final round to beat Hogan, the aging star, and Nicklaus, the emerging star who was still an amateur that day at Cherry Hills. “And I’m so happy that I chose the profession I did.”. Will that come back to haunt some would-be contenders?

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Dan Thomas Jenkins was born in Fort Worth on Dec. 2, 1928, although many sources list the year as 1929. We've received your submission. Cause of death. Occasionally, I’d see him eating dinner at Luby’s cafeteria. Terms of Use None of Mr. Jenkins’s subsequent novels had the impact of his first.