In his new book, Sports Idols' Idols, Lynn, whose real name is Scott Betzelberger, has collected memories from dozens of sports stars regarding their childhood heroes. Athletes range from Yogi Berra to Michael Andretti, Alex Morgan to Nancy Lopez. A retired broadcaster who spent much of his career as sports director at KPOJ-AM 620 and KEX-AM 1190 in Portland, Ore., Lynn, 61, recently retired to Pinellas County with his wife, Sharon. He chose Florida because of his time working for WTSP-Ch. 10 in the 1970s. "Before we made the final decision, we drove around the whole state deciding which coast,'' he said. "But I spent so many years doing morning shows, I wanted to be where there are sunsets. No more sunrises for me.'' Lynn is a cancer survivor who completed his first book, Thornridge: The Perfect Season in Black and White, while undergoing chemotherapy. The journey was chronicled in the New York Times in 2009. Lynn will be signing his book at 2 p.m. today at Haslam's in St. Petersburg.
What's on your nightstand?
Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show. I'm the perfect age for a book on Mayberry. I just started it. I got it from the Seminole library. I'm a big believer in libraries. It already has me hooked. It's about how they became a team. I love nonfiction. Probably the Hardy Boys was the last time I enjoyed fiction.
How about sports reporters who have become authors. Any recommendations?
Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association by Terry Pluto. I knew some of the players as a sports broadcaster. It talked about the lawlessness of the players from that era. And, of course, Ball Four by Jim Bouton. It was so irreverent and pulled back the curtain.
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