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Letter to the editor- Keep writing, Newhouse

James McKimmey
South Lake Tahoe

Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Dave Newhouse, former columnist for the Tahoe Daily Tribune:

You say in today’s column that you don’t know what the connection is between the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and your cutting back on your writing output, but you admit to its having had its influence on you. Well, yes. That was indeed a horrendous entry into American history.

But so was World War II. I was in combat during that entry into American history, and I’ve got The combat Infantryman’s Badge as well as the Bronze Star to prove it.

But since then, I’ve had published 16 novels and one short-story collection by such houses as William Morrow and Random House and Lippincott, as well as more than 400 articles and short stories in magazines ranging from Good Housekeeping to Cosmopolitan to Playboy. Included in that production is a lot of sports writing and photography.

I’ve cut back on nothing, nor do I intend to. If someone wants to publish me, by God, they’ll get the opportunity!

You’ve lost a couple of your syndicated columns. You want to know how many rejections I’ve had?

You’re a great sportswriter; one of the best ever to come along. Why deny us the pleasure of reading you?

No, it’s not all right with me that you’re making your break permanent.

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