Reviewer Kristofer Collins didn’t love that I took several side trips — to boxing, Civil Rights, Jackie Robinson, etc. But to me, they were critical to the overall story. Not just of Nunn’s life and contribution to the Steelers, but to the larger story of integrating American life.
Thanks to everyone who made The Color of Sundays such a success this fall. Because of the book, I have met so many interesting people, heard so many important stories and learned a lot about myself. I’m really grateful to be surrounded by a loving family and so many terrific friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I had a great talk with Brenda Waters and Jon Burnett on Pittsburgh Today Live. Jon played football at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s, and he brought a little of that personal experience to the discussion. You can see the full segment (and more of my red socks) here.
I will be making appearances on KDKA-TV over the next several days.
I’ll be visiting with Pittsburgh Today Live on Friday morning. I suppose it will be live (as the name suggests), so tune in at 9 a.m. to see if I goof up.
And then I’ll be visiting with Lynne Hayes Freeland on her show, which airs at 7 a.m. Saturday on the CW and at 6 a.m. Sunday on KDKA. We had one of the best discussions yet about The Color of Sundays. We talked pretty openly about race, which ironically does not come up often during my book appearances.
Because I know all of you won’t be setting your alarms, I’ll be sure to link to the shows here as well!
Conte found motivation for the book after meeting Nunn, as well as hearing stories from men of Nunn’s generation who experienced the segregation first hand. Conte felt it was important to record these stories for today’s fans and future generations.
Bob Labriola at Steelers.com knew Bill Nunn Jr. personally and has done more over the years to chronicle the team than almost anyone. It was especially important for me then to see what he would say about The Color of Sundays. His review is out today, and I really appreciate his kind words and deep understanding of the book and its themes…
“Bill Nunn is one of the most significant men ever to be involved in the scouting aspect of professional football, and his skill at this job is evident in the names etched on those six Lombardi trophies on display at the Steelers practice facility. Conte tells some of that story, but the real value of his effort is the context of the time in America when Nunn was growing into manhood.”
Check out the full review at Steelers.com. Reminder: I will be talking about some of the stories behind the book at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Point Park University, Downtown. Registration: https://colorofsundays.eventbrite.com.