Same Same by Doug Smith Now Available
In October 2001, Smith retired from a 15-year stint at USA Today where he was recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent and influential tennis writers. He covered numerous tennis events each year, including the Grand Slams – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. In addition Smith wrote a column – “Match Points” – on the USA Today website. Since his retirement, Smith has worked as a freelance journalist for several publications, including USA Today and The New York Times.
Smith routinely broke news in the tennis world. His 1992 world exclusive on the late Arthur Ashe having contracted AIDS prompted years of useful discourse in newsrooms, as well as in the nation’s journalism schools. He wrote numerous cover stories and introspective features on the superstars of tennis – Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Junior players consistently sought the byline, “By Doug Smith” as he monitored their development.
Although tennis has been his major racket, Smith distinguished himself in writing about other sports throughout his career. Less than a month after joining USA Today, he became the lead reporter on the paper’s coverage of the death of Len Bias. Smith got an exclusive interview with Bias’ parents for a cover story and assisted with other stories in the paper’s two-part series about the Maryland basketball star, who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986.
In recognition of his sustained excellence in tennis reporting and writing, Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1988), the Women’s Tennis Association Media Person of the Year (1989), (1995), Tennis Week Great American Writing Award (for deadline writing) in 1990 and 2000, and the U.S. Tennis Association/Mid-Atlantic Section’s Outstanding Media Press Award (2012).Smith’s latest project, his novel, Same Same is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, googlebooks.com and various book-selling sites.
Samuel Lewis, the youngest of seven children born to African-American working-class parents, and Hamilton Armstrong III, the only son of a wealthy white family and whose father is the local leader of the Ku Klux Klan, grow up in the same small Virginia town, but live worlds apart. They meet through mischief and despite the racial barriers of the pre-Civil Rights era, a life-long friendship is formed.
Both driven by a passion for writing, they begin journalism careers at different New York newspapers, experience dangerous, as well as raunchy times in Vietnam and enter the sunset years of their careers at the same Atlanta newspaper where they are dueling political columnists: Sam provides the conservative viewpoint and Ham pens the liberal perspective. Unexpected excitement enters their lives as a bomb meant for Sam kills his mentor in the midst of their coverage of Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency.