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J.C. Watts (Black Americans of Achievement) Paperback – December, 1999

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Black Americans of Achievement
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791053393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791053393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,598,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Norma Jean Lutz, is an author, speaker, writing instructor, and novel critique consultant. She has been in the writing/publishing industry all her adult life. Her first bylines appeared on hundreds of magazine articles and short stories. Today her list of published books stands at more than fifty. Norma Jean -- still a teacher at heart -- loves to reach out and encourage budding novelists through her program "Be A Novelist."

"I have to write like I have to breathe," says Norma Jean. "I cannot say I love just 'having written.' I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of creating a story. I literally get drunk on story/plot creation." Then she adds, "It's like a natural, creative high."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By laura m henderson on March 5, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I read this book first before giving it to my 9 year old son. He is an avid sports fanatic and I was worried he was idolizing too many sports starts with questionable morals and ethics. J.C. is a real American Hero. He came from a humble background in rural Oklahoma and went on to become a college football star. He is now a very respected congressman with a bright future in politics. He admits to some bad decisions as a teenager. But, I feel this subject was handled very well in the book. Even the best of role models are not without human errors. The book really made me realize how stressful the life of a "star" athlete can be. Now, I really believe that former athletes can become good politicians. They know what it's like to have a group of people depending on you and learn to deal with the great stress. Before reading the book I questioned the capability of athletes turned politicians.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Edwards on July 4, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This is part of a series of short profiles of successful black Americans, intended to inspire success in young people of all backgrounds. Lutz chronicles J.C.'s childhood, poor in money but rich in love, with a Baptist minister dad and devoted mom who instilled in him solid family and civic values. He made mistakes, including fathering a child out of wedlock while in high school (a child adopted and lovingly raised by relatives), and as a teenager, valued sports above all else. After reaching the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship, he was redshirted, taking the opportunity to become more devoted to his academic studies. Then he earned the starting quarterback position for two Big Eight champion Sooners teams before a stint in the Canadian Football League. Very intelligent with a natural talent for leadership and public speaking, he carried the values of teamwork, patience and delayed gratification learned in football into life after sports. Lutz details J.C.'s accomplishments as an ordained Baptist minister, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, U.S. Congressman, and most importantly, devoted husband and dad for his wife Frankie and their seven kids. The book tells of adulthood hardships which J.C. overcame too, such as near bankruptcy in the oil industry, the unexpected death of a beloved head minister and mentor at his church in Oklahoma City, and unfair, race-baiting political attacks against him by a Democrat in a campaign.
Watts is a strong, independent thinker, not anyone's tool or puppet; and that is very well portrayed in this biography. He became a Republican because of his strong sense of traditional family values and right versus wrong, inciting vitriol from Democrats who mindlessly take for granted the "birthright" that blacks join their party.
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