More About the Author
My name is C.F. Stewart and I love to write biographies of interesting off-beat characters who are irreverent, and a bit on the shady side:
The touring tennis player who could have been one of the best, but preferred to drink beer and gamble with Wimbledon pub dwellers -- instead of performing on center court for the Duchess of York. The same touring tennis player who boarded a plane for Australia to play in the Australian Championships -- and forgot his racket and tennis shoes. And when all his contemporaries' retired to the TV booth or had knee replacement surgery, he continued to play at a high level well into his 60's.
Tony Salinas is one of the best sports handicappers in the business. He pioneered the use of extensive, almost compulsive research in analyzing trends in football and baseball. When most handicappers followed the Las Vegas line, Tony was out getting every bit of information possible on the games he was betting. One of his tools was analyzing the umpires. He knew what each umpire had for breakfast, if they fought with their wives, and most important, he knew their respective strike zones better than each team's hitting instructor.
The handsomest, dapperest, and almost best golfer on the planet, but if you mentioned him to a thousand scratch golfers only a select few would remember his name. And only a select few would remember that he won the first Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, cavorted with Hollywood stars, and called Joey Bishop, Bob Hope, and Dwight David Eisenhower by their first names.
Some unique individuals like Mike McLaney, Ash Resnick, or Welby Van Horn lived fascinating lives, but they don't appear extensively on the internet. So if people like the aforementioned are the subject of a perspective book, the author needs to do a ton of leg work. And that is the satisfying element in writing my kind of biography. For anyone who is a "frustrated private eye" knows that the fun in writing an original biography is having a unique subject and discovering information never before published on a public form.
Order Books by C.F. Stewart:
Unflappable: The Life and Times of Whitney Reed
(A funny, touching look into the life of unconventional tennis legend Whitney Reed)
Whitneyreedtennis.com, or Amazon.com, or Sorrento Publishing: 415-847-6132
Five Kids For One Penny: Confessions Of A 92-Year Old San Francisco Landlady
(The heartfelt story of a woman ahead of her times, her rise as a successful entrepreneur, and the colorful characters she encountered along the way!)
Charlottebirsinger.com, or Amazon.com, or Sorrento Publishing: 415-847-6132
The Dapper Adonis: The Prince of Merchantville NJ.
Al Besselink, Golf Legend
Sorrento Publishing 415-847-6132
A True Las Vegas Legend: The Tony Salinas Story: The story of Las Vegas handicapper/gambler Tony Salinas