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Born Fort Worth, Texas
Home Fort Worth
Family Wife, June; daughter, Sally; sons Marty and Danny
Idols John Lardner, Jim Murray, Damon Runyon, Red Smith
Journalism Writer and then sports editor, Fort Worth Press (1948--61); staff writer, Dallas Times Herald ('61--62); senior writer, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ('62--84); contributor, Playboy ('85--90); writer-at-large, Golf Digest ('85--present); has written 20 books; memoir scheduled for 2013
Awards 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in '96
I had the good fortune of editing Dan Jenkins in golf and college football, much like driving a Rolls-Royce. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of both sports, and was able to rattle off the names of every U.S. Open winner and the runners-up as well. Same with football's national champions.
He grew up cheering for Sammy Baugh, and as captain of the TCU golf team he got to play with Ben Hogan. Dan went to work for the Fort Worth Press and joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1962.
On deadline, Dan was quick and accurate. His wicked sense of humor often drew blood. Mocking Notre Dame's decision to cement the 1966 national championship by settling for a tie with Michigan State, Dan wrote that the Irish "tied one for the Gipper."