I am a retired newspaper editor with more than a half century of professional writing experience. Beginning as a stringer covering high school sports for my hometown weekly, I graduated with a degree in journalism in 1971, became an editor in 1973 and made that my career.
Away from work, my passions were always driven by my lifetime passion for the Chicago Cubs. In short order they coalesced into seeking the answer to this seemingly eternal question: Why couldn’t the Cubs ever win? The search for clues drove me toward a forensic analysis of the broader question of why good teams are good and bad teams are bad…hence “The Book On The Book,” a strategic and team-building analysis published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004.
About that same time I tackled the challenge of cross-era comparative analysis of performance. It was a question with millions of answers…almost all of them subjective. I wanted an objective answer, and I found it in the mathematical process known as standard deviation. For an explanation of why that calculation produces valid answers, see elsewhere on the home page.
I began with golf, striving to answer a question that as always intrigued me: If Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods played – all of them in their primes with neutral equipment and a condition-neutral environment – who would win? From that book sprang my upcoming work, “The Hole Truth,” which objectively rates more than 200 of the greatest golfers – men and women – in the history of major tournament golf since `1860.