Ted Hoagland’s three nature essays in Sports Illustrated, all in the 1970s

  • hoagland1960s

    Hoagland was born in December, 1932, about a year after my mom. He’s still kicking.

  • “In a Lair with a Bear,” Sports Illustrated, March 26, 1973
  • “A Mountain with a Wolf on It,” Sports Illustrated, January 14, 1974
  • “Big Frog, Very Small Pond,” Sports Illustrated, March 3, 1975
  • (from Lynn Stegner class)
  • from wikipedia
  • caught my eye — class was reading an essay from 1988 about suicide–because I cut my teeth so to speak as a reader with Sports Illustrated in those years. I started in 1972, I think with Bill Walton of UCLA “red hot red head”, when I was 8.
  • I probably skipped these nature essays.
  • I may remember the illustrations, if there were any
  • Why SI?
  • Why stop SI?
  • I saved my complete collection until about 1986 — 15 years, or so, stacked in order, in the shelf in the back of my closet, in my parents’ home; then I saved only the covers; now I have a handful of articles, about local teams mainly.
  • But I’d like to see these articles, maybe on microfiche.
  • It may be online.
  • Fellow Dartmouthian Robert Sullivan became main SI nature writer, later
  • B/W
  • 30048032-24F3-4EC5-90DB-04622A6FCDC8.jpegFuck is you saying: Emantic Bradford, obituary or tribute: he was a 21 year old veteran shop during a crime active shooter incident at a mall in Alabama. My four-word reaction is from a song by young hip hop artist “NoName”, from Chicago. And the tie in to the brief thing above about Edward “Ted” Hoagland is that we were discussing him in my memoir class at Stanford, taught by Lynn Stegner, who says she knows him and now he’s quite old. The essay we discussed is about suicide. So there is a theme of morbidness (“morbidity”??) in the two topics. One is an old guy who considered suicide. Another is a young guy killed or murdered. (Only in Plasty — yeah, fuck is you saying?)
  • edit to add: well, if you think of madness as either the Bridge Over River Kwai fighting to blow up a bridge “Madness!” or a condition correlated to suicide (see also: depression) it turns out that the Hoagland essay, his first, in March 26, 1973 was in the same issue as “March Madness” ie a preview of the NCAA playoffs; cover featured Bill Walton, Larry Kenon, Steve Downing and Marvin Barnes i.e. the competitors to UCLA the favorite. “Baiting the Bruins” (Playing UCLA), Oh Lord, He’s Perfect (Secretariat), Rise of the Underground Tour (Golf), In a Lair with a Bear (Bears[ed: not the Bobby Douglass football variety]), Riding for a Fall (Grand National horse racing), Fold It Out and Presto! (Squash), The Rinks Were Running Red (Hockey)
  • and1: from bear world magazine, — i mean bear study not org –although now i’m concerned my title, ie from wiki is a bit off:
  • 1973. Sports Illustrated. March 26, 1973. Pages 32-40. Getting in a lair with a bear. By Edward Hoagland.
  • It’s actually about “Lynn Rogers”?? — there’s an archive —
  • Bears appeal to a side of us that is lum- 
    bering, churlish and individual. We 
    are touched by their anatomy because 
    it resembles ours, by their piggishness 
    and sleepiness, by their very aversion to 
    everything about us except our garbage. 
    Where big tracts of forest remain, black 
    bears still do fairly well. They have a sim- 
    ple vegetarian diet, supplemented by in- 
    sects, fish and carrion, and the grizzly’s 
    prickly ego is absent in them; they are 
    secretive woodland animals that stay un- 
    der cover and do not expect to have ev- 
    erything go their way. 
    maybe to be continued, bear with us.
    andand: since I quote her, twice now, I should call her by her name : Fatimah Nyeema Warner. So I guess "Nyeema" i.e. Naima, is no-name.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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