It was always his dream to be a fighter pilot. But for Joe Hamelin, it was not to become reality. In the fourth grade, he flunked an eye exam. Since he was not a great athlete, he decided that the third-best career would be to become a sports writer, and he excelled in this field.

For over 25 years, he covered World Series, Super Bowls, America's Cups, Kentucky Derbies, Indy 500's and Olympiads. The quality of his writing has earned him numerous awards for editorial excellence.

He began with his hometown Utica (NY) Daily Press in 1965, moving to the Indianapolis Star in 1968, San Diego Union in 1970, and the Sacramento Bee in 1981. He has been voted among the country's top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and is a two-time winner of the Professional Basketball Writers' national contest.

A public relations graduate of Syracuse University's Utica branch (1965), he lives with his family in Auburn, California, not far from the Andersons.

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