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Author Jerry Spinelli: How His Football Poem Launched His Writing Career

Kicking cans, blowing horns, shouts of victory. Author Jerry Spinelli remembers all the details about the football game when he was in high school watching from the stands. Their opponent was supposed to win, no contest, but his team prevented four touchdowns, leading to an unprecedented victory. So inspired, he went home, wrote a poem, and the next day, there it was in the local newspaper. That moment catalyzed his career as a writer.

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