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Albom, Mitch

Born Mitchell David Albom on May 23, 1958, this nationally-known newspaper columnist, radio show host, TV commentator and best selling author has become a Detroit institution. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1979 from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, paying his tuition partly through his work as a piano player.

Albom moved to Detroit in 1985, where he became a nationally-acclaimed journalist and one of the city’s most beloved media figures. For 13 years, Albom won first place in the columnist category in the Associated Press’ Sports Editors’ Writing Contest. He is also noted for winning the feature writing story seven times. Albom has also written several sports-related books.In 1989 he published his first book, Bo: Life, Laughs, and the Lessons of a College Football Legend, and it was a New York Times Bestseller. He went on to write several more sports books, many ranking on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

National acclaim came when Albom wrote a memoir of a former teacher coping with Lou Gehrig’s disease. That book, Tuesdays with Morrie, spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller List and is the most successful memoir ever published. The book was adapted as an ABC television movie in 1999. Two subsequent books, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day both enjoyed great success. Albom is also an accomplished song writer and lyricist and has written successful screenplays and playbills. Mitch Albom has founded three charities in the metropolitan area and serves on the boards of numerous local charities.



Program for the play "Ernie", written by Mitch Albom

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