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Famed Crime Fiction Author Elmore Leonard died at the spry age of 87.

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Guess which one is Shorty.

Leonard was adept at writing books that people wanted to make movies out of.  19 of his novels were made into films.  The most notable being “Get Shorty.”  You know, the one where Shorty gets got.

His other filmed novels include Mr. Majestyk (with Charles Bronson), Valdez Is Coming (with Burt Lancaster), 52 Pick-Up (with Roy Scheider), Stick (with Burt Reynolds), Last Stand at SaberRiver (with Tom Selleck) and The Moonshine War (with… Alan Alda?)  One of these things is not like the other…

Leonard started out writing Westerns, which would have made him the third Hayseed Hit in a row.  A Hayseed Hat Trick.  But, alas, he moved on to crime novels and was all educated and shit.

In 1934, he was obsessed with Bonnie and Clyde as well ad the Detroit Tigers.  That year, Bonnie and Clyde were killed, but the Tigers won the World Series.  The lesson being… that… um… crime doesn’t pay?  Or… er… It’s better to get on base than to… be riddled with bullets in your car?  OK, there’s no lesson.

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Elmore thought that smoking made him look cool. It didn’t.

Leonard had a gritty, realistic style of writing.  He was not big on prose or anything like that.  His top rule in writing was “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”  I would like to make fun of him for this… but he made a hell of a lot more money writing that I ever have.

This hit goes to I-Steve!  “Imaginary” Steve gains another 20 points which put him in the At-Least-We-Have-More-Points-Than-Bean Club!  Huzzah!

Dawn-n-Mike scoff from high above in their 170 point perch. 

Happy pooling,

SPMI

PS Draft Day, Saturday, November 2nd is a mere 74 days away!

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 170 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20, Tompall Glaser – 30)

Babysitter – 140 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20, Douglas Englebart – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

Joanne – 100 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20, Eydie Gorme‏

– 20)

Gianna – 100 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10, Margaret Pellegrini – 20)

Team Sushi – 90 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30, Deacon Jones – 30, Helen Thomas – 10)

“Imaginary” Steve – 80 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20, Art Donovan – 20, Elmore Leonard – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Carol – 20 – (Stan Lynde – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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