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Jack Hawn never studied journalism and never aspired to be a writer. After almost four years assigned to the army's public information offices, he faced civilian life with a wife, infant daughter, wild ambition, bursting optimism, unshakeable confidence--and no job. He found work as a copyboy at a Hollywood newspaper, was paid $5 to review plays and nightclub acts, and a year later filled a sports desk vacancy. He eventually earned extra income as a television dramatist and wrote TV and radio scripts for sportscasters. In 1970 he was hired at the L.A. Times, where he worked in sports and entertainment. During his 41-year career, he covered Muhammad Ali, 1984 Olympics boxing, Sugar Ray Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., the Andrews Sisters, Dinah Shore, and other celebrities until his retirement in 1991.