Archive for November, 2014

Montana the Greatest

November 26, 2014

One of the six NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks from Western Pennsylvania that Wayne Stewart writes about in his new book, America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana has been named the best NFL quarterback of all time by none other than his rival.

Yahoo reports that Troy Aikman regards his former rival as the best to ever play the game in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show.

“Joe Montana,” said Aikman. “And I don’t care if we’re comparing him against anyone from today’s game or not, or what his numbers may or may not look like. I saw him do it on the biggest stage, in the biggest moments and bring his team back and do the things that I think are required of the position.”

Listen to his interview here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nbc-yahoo-sports/troy-aikman-admits-rival-was-greatest-quarterback-of-all-time-152244100-nfl.html;_ylt=A0LEV1z6d3ZUpacAkBRXNyoA

Aikman isn’t the only one to think Montana was the best.

Tom Brady

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Book Released!

November 23, 2014

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America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana by Wayne Stewart has been released and books are in stock. The author’s copies are scheduled to arrive on tomorrow, Monday. Those will go mostly to people who assisted Wayne in some way in researching the book or by loaning him photographs or allowing him to interview them.

Right now, print books can be purchased from Tuxedo-Press.com, at your local bookstore, or the usual on-line resellers. Ebooks can be bought in the Kindle and Epub formats from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, respectively. This is the first major book I’ve put into ebook and well as print. We’ll see how that works out. Amazon.com has a program in which print book buyers get a special discount on the ebook if they want it in both formats.

An advantage of ebooks (on some newer devices) is that they display in color. Printing books of this nature in color is cost prohibitive, meaning the cost of printing a full-color interior would raise the retail price of the book so much that few people would buy it. A limiting factor on color photos in the interior of a book is the ebook file size. Since color photos are typically larger at a given resolution than their black and white counterparts, a publisher can’t go wild with interior color photos in a book.

For more information check out:

www.Tuxedo-Press.com

http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Cradle-Quarterbacks-Pennsylvanias-Football/dp/193616146X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416786003&sr=1-1&keywords=america%27s+cradle+of+quarterbacks

http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Cradle-Quarterbacks-Pennsylvanias-Football-ebook/dp/B00PB0ALP8/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416786003&sr=1-2&keywords=america%27s+cradle+of+quarterbacks

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/americas-cradle-of-quarterbacks-wayne-stewart/1120724729?ean=9781936161461

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/americas-cradle-of-quarterbacks-wayne-stewart/1120742362?ean=2940150358102&itm=1&usri=america%27s+cradle+of+quarterbacks

 

America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks

November 17, 2014

I’ve been asked why I haven’t blogged lately. There are two major reasons (besides often not having anything worth saying): volunteer work associated with the Craighead House restoration keeps me pretty busy and I’ve been getting another book ready to publish. I’ve published books of my own before, reprinted out-of-print books, helped other authors get their books in print, but, until now, hadn’t published another author’s new book. Going to press as this is being written is America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana. This is author Wayne Stewart’s 30th book, most of which deal with some topic related to sports.

It’s very different promoting a book written by someone else rather than one I’ve written. I’m more comfortable speaking positively about it than I ever was about my own books. I only felt comfortable talking about how interesting the subject of my books were and, in Lone Star Dietz’s case, how descriptive his illustrations were. Sure, I get to talk about how Stewarts subjects, Johnny Unitas, George Blanda, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, and Joe Montana, led interesting lives. But now, I get to talk about Wayne Stewart’s writing, how it grabs your attention and keeps you wanting to hear what happens next.

Others who’ve read the manuscript agree with me:

“Stewart has written a fascinating book that belongs on the shelves of football historians and everyday fans alike.” Jeffry J. Miller, author of Rockin’ The Rockpile, Buffalo’s Forgotten Champions, and Game Changers

“Any fan of the Baltimore Colts of my era, any fan of my friend and teammate Johnny Unitas, or, for that matter, any fan of football in general should enjoy Wayne Stewart’s book. It contains great stories, statistics, and information on all of the many great quarterbacks who came out of Western Pennsylvania and much more.” Raymond Berry, NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver

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