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Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.25

     challenging words:    co-writer, columnist, hardcover, reawaken, unrealized, overwhelming, illiteracy, reacquainted, screenwriter, sportswriter, best, Award-winning, recognition, unworthy, freelance, eulogy
     content words:    Award-winning American, David Albom, New Jersey, Detroit Free Press, Ira Albom, New York, When Albom, Brandeis University, United States, Queens Tribune

Mitch Albom
By Jamie Kee

1     Award-winning American author Mitchell "Mitch" David Albom was born on May 23, 1958, in Passaic, New Jersey. He is a novelist, sportswriter, syndicated radio and television broadcaster, screenwriter, playwright, TV commentator, newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, and musician. Albom first achieved national recognition for his sports writing at the beginning of his career, but he is best known for his stories of inspiration. Albom has written several best-selling novels, and his books have sold over twenty-eight million copies worldwide in forty-two languages and forty-one territories.
2     Albom was the middle of three children to parents Rhoda and Ira Albom. Although he was born in Passaic, New Jersey, the family later moved to Buffalo, New York, where they stayed briefly before settling in Oaklyn, New Jersey. When Albom was young he wanted to be a cartoonist, but he later showed an interest in music. Teaching himself to play piano, Albom played in bands throughout his adolescence. After completing high school, he left for college at Brandeis University in Massachusetts where he majored in sociology. Upon graduation in 1979, Albom stayed with his dream of being a musician and spent several years performing in the United States and Europe.
3     When Albom was in his early twenties and living in New York, he became interested in journalism, so he volunteered to work for the Queens Tribune. This experience encouraged Albom to return to graduate school where he eventually earned a Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business.
4     Albom ultimately began full-time work as a writer. He worked as a freelance sports journalist in New York for publications such as Sports Illustrated and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He later worked in Florida as a feature writer and sports columnist for The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel. In 1985 he moved to Detroit where he became a nationally respected sports journalist for the Detroit Free Press, winning the Associated Press Sports Editors award for best Sports News Story. Albom was well-known in the city because of his daily talk show on the radio and his regular appearances on ESPN Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.
5     The year 1995 was very important for Albom. Not only did he marry his wife, Janine Sabino, but he also became reacquainted with a former college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. He began regularly visiting Morrie up until his death. These visits eventually led to Albom's memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie, the book that brought him international fame and moved him away from sports writing.

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