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During his nearly 50 years of sportswriting, including 28 at Sports Illustrated, readers of Dr. Z came to expect a certain alchemical, trademark blend: words which were caustic and wry, at times self-deprecating or even puzzling, but always devilishly smart with arresting honesty. A complex package, that's the Doctor. The one-time sparring partner of Ernest Hemingway, Paul Zimmerman is one of the modern era's groundbreaking football minds, a man who methodically charted every play while generating copious notes, a human precursor to the data analytics websites of today. In 2008, Zimmerman had nearly completed work on his personal memoirs when a series of strokes left him largely unable to speak, read, or write. Compiled and edited by longtime SI colleague Peter King, these are the stories he still wants to see told.

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Paul Zimmerman

After two years as head writer on an ABC television show, Paul decided to return to his first love, gardening and roses. He and Pam left Los Angeles and now reside on their 27 acre horse farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pam is an accomplished dressage rider, having competed at International Levels and she continues to ride when he is not hosting her radio show and writing her weekly syndicated column. They live on the farm with their 2 horses, 6 cats, Bonnie and Rosey, their Jack Russell Terriers and Teddy their donkey rescue.

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