Journalist and author Pomerantz has recently released his fifth novel- on the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers NFL side of the nineteen seventies.
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Gary Pomerantz a long life NFL fan has succeeded in twanging a few heartstrings and inspired a lot of nostalgia in his latest novel, “Their Life’s Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now.”
Pomerantz’s novel recalls his personal experiences and memories gathered as a cub reporter for the Washington Post when he had the opportunity to meet the key players in the Steelers team on a number of occasions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ achievements of the nineteen seventies, remain unequaled in the history of the NFL, winning four Super Bowls in six seasons, whilst sending a large number of players to the NFL Hall of Fame.
In his novel Gray Pomerantz recalls a very fundamental interview that took place more than thirty years ago in 1981. Gary Pomerantz, who despite his youth had established a strong rapport with the players was sent by the sports editor of the Washington Post to visit the Steelers training camp to ask the team members a leading question on most people lips at that time- was the fabulous era of success that they had enjoyed coming to an end?
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Gary Pomerantz recalls asking that question with understandable trepidation, while at the same time making himself a promise to one day sit down and put on paper his recollections of that special day, of that special team, and of the special players that made it up.
Inspired by these recollections Pomerantz gradually created his novel “Their Life’s Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now.”
To officially launch the novel, Pomerantz recently hosted a reception, at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, in the company of some of the key players from that historical team including Andy Russell, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier. Also present was Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, son of Art Rooney, better known as “The Chief, ” who founded the franchise in 1933.
Steelers fans, young and old, turned up in their hundreds to hear stories of these special times- times that have been warmly looked back on in Pomerantz’s novel.
Gary Pomerantz was born and raised in the town of North Tarrytown, in New York State.
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in history, Pomerantz spent 17 years as a daily journalist, first as a sportswriter for The Washington Post where he covered Georgetown University basketball, the Washington Redskins, and the National Football League, before joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he covered a wide range of subjects, including race, sports, culture and politics, as well as serving on the newspaper’s editorial board.
From 1999 to 2001 Pomeratz served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta where he taught courses on news reporting and writing, as well as on the history of the American press. For the past two years, Gary Pomerantz has served as a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, where he conducts classes in Communication, Specialized Writing and Reporting, Sports Journalism, as well as how to reporting as well as understand the News.
Gray Pomerantz has written five novels to date, including Their Life’s Work. His first, “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn” was among the 1996 lost of Notable Books of the Year issued The New York Times. His second book, was released in 2001. Entitled Nine Minutes Twenty Seconds, it tells the story of an air disaster and the people it affects..
Going back to his sporting roots for his third novel, WILT, published in 2005 Pomerantz recalled in particular detail the unforgettable evening when basketball star Wilt Chamberlain broke the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 victory over the New York Knicks in March of 1962, at the Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Keeping up with his pace of publishing a novel every four years. Gary Pomerantz fourth book, The Devil’s Tickets a true-crime thriller was released in 2009.