Jerry Bledsoe, who grew up in Thomasville, N.C., was reporter for the Kannapolis Independent, a reporter and columnist for the Greensboro News & Record, a feature writer for the Louisville Times, a columnist for the Charlotte Observer. He won numerous awards for his newspaper work, including two Ernie Pyle Memorial Awards and two National Headliner Awards. From 1972-1975, he was a contributing editor at Esquire Magazine. His work also has appeared in New York magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He is the author of 20 books, four of which were turned into films.