Friday, September 26, 2008

Author Richard Scott Releases Third Book

I had the honor yesterday of photographing my good friend Richard Scott. The photo session was for some media related material to be used for the occasion of his third book that was recently released titled, "SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion". This illustrated book celebrates the coaches, graduates, rivalries, and games that have made Southeastern Football one of the most storied conferences in all of collegiate sports. It is a beautiful hardbound book, and really a labor of love and passion that Richard has for sports, in particular SEC football. With the holiday season around the corner, this book would make the perfect gift for that hard to buy for armchair quarterback that is in your life. If you are like are the hardest ones to buy for...this book makes the perfect gift. But that is not to slight that many women who enjoy SEC football as well.

Richard's other books include:

Legends of Alabama Football:
(Amazon) With 12 national championships, 19 players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame, and a tradition of national achievement that dates back to the 1920s, the University of Alabama has secured its spot as one of the most successful athletic institutions in the history of American sports. Dating back to the days when university president Dr. George H. "Mike" Denny decided football would be the university’s ticket to national prominence, Alabama has produced some of the most legendary teams and players in the history of the game.
Many of those legends have long since passed, but standouts such as Johnny Mack Brown, Dixie Howell, Don Huston, Pat Trammell, and Derrick Thomas remain alive and well in the hearts and minds of loyal Crimson Tide fans. The legends of Tide stars such as Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Harry Gilmer, Johnny Musso, John Hannah, and Ozzie Newsome continue to grow with time. None of those legends stands taller than Paul "Bear" Bryant, the former Crimson Tide player who returned to Alabama as head coach in 1958 and built a dynasty that rivaled any in sports, pro, or college. From Wallace Wade to Shaun Alexander and all points in between, Legends of Alabama Football chronicles the coaches, players, and events that placed Crimson Tide football on the national sports landscape.

Tales from the Auburn 2004 Championship Season:
(Amazon) How do you argue with perfection? The voters in the coaches and media polls can deliberate who's No. 1, the computers can spit out endless data to add to the arguments and everyone involved can ponder the merits of a playoff system, but some things aren't up for debate, especially the final perfection of Auburn's 2004 season. With a 13-0 record, an SEC championship and a Sugar Bowl victory, the Tigers know, "We're national champions in our hearts, even if no one else thinks so," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "No one can take that away from us." Nothing and no one, not the polls nor the computers, can take away what Auburn accomplished in 2004. Tales from the Auburn 2004 Championship Season is an inside look at the extraordinary character and the unique characters behind Auburn's undefeated season. "There's no doubt in my mind we left a legacy," safety Junior Rosegreen said. "They will never forget us. That's what it's all about." says this about Richard:

Richard Scott is an award-winning freelance sports writer and editor whose work appears in a variety of sports-related outlets, including American Football Monthly, American Basketball Quarterly and USA His first book Legends of Alabama Football, released in September 2004, earned him an invitation to participate in the "Alabama Bound 2005" author's conference. As a former college football and basketball writer for Birmingham (Alabama) Post-Herald and the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune, Scott has covered numerous major events, bowls, championship games and tournaments throughout the United States, including and Auburn's undefeated 1993 season and Alabama's national championship victory over Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Scott is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri, where he attempted to play rugby and stay out of trouble long enough to graduate from the School of Journalism in 1985. Scott moved to Alabama and the Post-Herald in 1989 with the intention of staying two or three years and moving on. He soon developed a genuine respect for SEC football and its passionate fans. He now he lives with his wife Karen, sons Colin and Taylor and dogs Bo and Grace in Helena, Alabama, where he welcomes invitations to hunt and fish and attempts to avoid most college football discussions for the sake of peace and diplomacy.
(Photo by Leigh of Photographic Memories)


Sharing Passion Through Writing
Richard Scott is one of those people who you consider yourself lucky to know. He is not only one of the kindest human beings you will ever meet, he is also one of the most interesting. He is passionate about whatever it is he sets his mind on, be it journalism, broadcasting, reporting in on a radio sports talk show, acting, teaching a middle school English class or continuing his education. He is a role model for everyone to do what you love and love what you do. Accept no less. Richard is also a chosen mentor of and by my son, Bama, who would love to follow behind in many of Richard's footsteps. Bama received some sage advice from Richard on what Bama hopes is a future in broadcast journalism. I had to share this photo of two generations of men that are passionate about their Sports and the preservation of that passion through words, be it spoken or written. I think they could've visited all night with one another but I had to pick up Sledge from cheer leading practise at cut their meeting short. When we got into the car to leave , Bama said, "There is more that I wanted to ask him...."
To Richard: Camp Richard Scott.
Ya'll need to do lunch.


Valarie said...

I think this would be a good book to get my hubby. :)

The Troll said...

The SEC isn't "one of the best" it is THE BEST! I'll look for this book. Meantime,

here is the best video I've ever seen...

Leigh said...

Valarie-I highly recommend. I know it will be a hit. It sure is in my house!

Troll-True on both points. I get my dander up on the latter....and the media with their slanted views. Whatever happened to unbiased real journalism?

I probably opened my own can of worms with that comment.

Connie said...

Thank you so much for your kind words that you sent today. I really needed it and it is always appreciated.

I'm typically not a second guesser, but I do like to know what I'm getting into. So the unknown is leaving a pit in my stomach. After the show next weekend, I'll be able to judge what the public wants or doesn't want for that matter.

I love your blog and if all of you hook up at a festival I would love to join you.

I've been meaning to ask you if Bama had is pictures made by Erin or Corey Nolen? As you know I am a complete fan of Erin's. Her talent is unbelieveable. I can only imagine what she sees through the eyes of a camera.

By the way~WAR EAGLE!

jennifer said...

This is SO cool and proves to me that I am right about you... YOU KNOW EVERYBODY!!! Love it!

Glad that your son got an opportunity to talk and ask him questions. That is so good for him at this stage of his life. Isn't it amazing that as a teenager, kids are expected to decide what they want to 'be when they grow up'? I STILL don't know what I want to be!!

Leigh said...

Connie, I would love for us all to meet up! A buncha bloggers...I know we'd have much to blgo about then, huh?
As for the show, as I said, dont second guess yourself! Your talent is evident. Believe in yourself and you'll sell it!
Yes! Erin and Corey did photograph my son (see my sidebar "Bama" and clcik for his slideshow). Speaking of talent, they are rich in talent and extrodinary people in their own right. They did an amazing job with his portraist, captured him totally. And I know all to welll that is a skill to be able to do that. LOVE the portraits.
Finally, on the last comment, I will treat you as I do my husband (who I love and adore) and ignore that last comment. JK, its all in fun and good spirit. RTR!

Jen- I dont think I know everybody, I just talk about everybody. LOL! Bama jsut said today that he was glad that he didnt have to declare his major for some time (couple years) so he can figure himself out...though he is pretty certain at this point that he wants to go onto journalism/broadcasting.

Roll Tide ya'll! White out!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Anonymous said...

What has happened to Dullbert?

Manager Mom said...

This might be a random place to leave this comment but I was over at your other site and your photographs are stunning.

jennifer said...



Football season is SO much fun in the state of Alabama!

Anonymous said...

Once again Leigh has blessed me, encouraged me and humbled me with her words and deeds! I am truly grateful for the support you showed in your blog, but even more thankful for the support that pours from your heart and gifts!
-- Richard Scott

Keetha said...

Speaking of the SEC - - - I'm not necessarily a Crimson Tide fan, but I DID pick them to upset Georgia, so I say THANK YOU also!!!

Megryansmom said...

Hi, I'm just stopping by to introduce myself as another participant of Secret Santa. Nice to meet you

JFer said...

The Funeral
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell everyone in the SEC that Bama is back.
Bama showed up in Athens, Georgia last night; supposedly to attend their own funeral. All the UGA fans wore black in sympathy for us. Hear us now University of Georgia: the "Blackout" did not work. Is that how you play football? Did you really need to pump yourselves up that much because you knew you had some serious competition rolling (ha ha...a little unintentional pun there) into town and you had to try and intimidate us? Well, all you Hairy Dawgs, your "clever" ruse did not work. We broke your streak of never losing at home during "Blackout" conditions. The newly formed country of Sabanation came in and handed your asses a blackout on the scoreboard within the first half alone. We will not bow to your arrogance any longer. You're seeing these boys from Tuscaloosa play ball like The Bear himself is standing on the sidelines. Who knows, maybe he is. We've been on the back burner for a few years but we are ready to reclaim what it rightfully ours and we will do it with the dignity and grace that have always accompanied our football program. Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State and lastly (and least, to us) Auburn please take notice. You're next. Maybe you should wear black, too.

Jennifer, Leigh's cousin