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Dear Jay, Love Dad; Bud Wilkinson's Letters to His Son

Jay Wilkinson

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ISBN 10: 0806142472 / ISBN 13: 9780806142470
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 2012
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Univ of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. 2012. Hardcover. Inscribed by author on title page. First Printing. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: As New. DJ: As New. Green boards with dark green overlay on spine with bright gold lettering on spine. 188 pp. Bud Wilkinson was not only a great football coach and OU, but a devoted father as the reader will see in the 47 letters written to the author while he was in college and graduate school. A portrayal of a father guiding his son to his own path; his senate seat run; his thoughts on business and politics, and the overall uplifting relationship between father and son. A clean pristine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002326

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Title: Dear Jay, Love Dad; Bud Wilkinson's Letters ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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College football fans need no introduction to Bud Wilkinson, but few of them know the great University of Oklahoma football coach as a devoted father. In Dear Jay, Love Bud, Jay Wilkinson, Bud’s younger son, shares forty-seven letters his father wrote to him while he was in college and graduate school. Spanning the early to mid-1960s, these letters reveal Bud’s deep love for his son, as well as the philosophy and values that led to his remarkable success in sports and in life.

Beginning with the first letter Bud wrote when Jay left home, this collection shows a father guiding his son toward his own path while stressing the importance of service to others. The embodiment of the scholar-athlete, Bud mixes encouragement with intellectual discussions. When Jay reads American philosopher William James for a class at Duke University, his father, a serious student of literature, reads the book, too, and uses its insights to help Jay deal with the challenges of his freshman year. Bud writes about his own challenges, as well, including his debate over whether to accept the Kennedy administration’s invitation to head the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Jay’s comments about each of these letters provide context and further insight.

By the time Jay becomes a graduate student at the Episcopal Theological School, the correspondence turns toward religion and politics, as Bud reflects on the philosophical issues of the day and on his unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 1964. His belief that the greatest leaders are not always the most popular made him an unlikely politician even then, but a wonderful role model and interlocutor for his son. Bud’s thoughts on ethics in business and politics are as inspiring today as when he wrote them a half-century ago.

About the Author:

Jay Wilkinson, son of University of Oklahoma coaching legend Bud Wilkinson, was a standout football player at Duke University. During his senior season in 1963, he earned All-American honors, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, and finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. After graduation from Duke University in 1964, he chose to forego professional football, instead pursuing a divinity degree which he received from the Episcopal Theological School in 1967. After spending several years in public service, he worked in executive management in the financial services industry for 37 years. Recipient of the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, Jay today is a noted motivational speaker. With four children and seven grandchildren, he and his wife Rita reside in Oklahoma City.  He is the author of Bud Wilkinson: An Intimate Portrait of an American Legend.

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