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Al Capone Was a Golfer
Hundreds of Fascinating Facts from the World of Golf
Erin Barrett, Jack Mingo
ISBN: 9781573247207
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 x 7
224 pages
May 31, 2002


What is it about the game of golf that can cause otherwise normal folks to lose all perspective? More than one person has seen their loved one become consumed with the details of the quality of wood used in clubs, the type of cleats on their shoes, the distance between their feet, and the direction of the wind, not to mention statistics, statistics, statistics.

Featuring more than 500 facts about the sport that Paul Harvey describes as “a game in which you shout ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.” Readers learn that experts believe shepherds invented the game using their staffs to bat around stones and that 12 percent of all lightning fatalities happen on the golf course.

Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo have authored 20 books, including How the Cadillac Got Its Fins, The Couch Potato Guide to Life and the best-selling Just Curious Jeeves. They have written articles for many major periodicals including The New York Times, Salon, Reader's Digest, and The Washington Post and have generated more than 30,000 questions for trivia games and game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Their website, which lists their "This Day in History" nationally-syndicated column.

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Along with Erin Barrett, Jack Mingo published over 20 books, including Random Kinds of Factness. He is a full-time writer specializing in somewhat offbeat trivia books. In his spare time, Jack keeps six hives and half a million bees in his Alameda (Bay Area) backyard and sells their honey at local farmers markets. His bees produce 650 pounds of honey per year (59 gallons, 472 pint jars).
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