Knowledge Identifier: +George_Plimpton
Born in 1927.
Countries: United States (81%), Monaco (4%), Italy (4%)
Linked to: St. Bernard's School, University of Cambridge, Phillips Exeter Academy, King's College, Cambridge
His studies were interrupted by military service lasting from 1945 to 1948, during which he served as a tank driver in Italy for the U.S. Army
In 1953, Plimpton joined the influential literary journal "The Paris Review", founded by Peter Matthiessen, Thomas H. Guinzburg, and Harold L. Humes, becoming its first editor in chief
Peter Matthiessen - Along with George Plimpton, Harold L. Humes, Thomas Guinzburg and Donald Hall, in 1953 Matthiessen founded the literary magazine "The Paris Review"
Robert B. Silvers - He met and befriended George Plimpton, and upon his discharge from the Army, he joined the editorial board of "The Paris Review", as managing editor, in 1954 and became Paris editor in 1956
In 1958, prior to a post-season exhibition game at Yankee Stadium between teams managed by Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle , Plimpton pitched against the National League
Plimpton's classic "The Bogey Man" chronicles his attempt to play professional golf on the PGA Tour during the Nicklaus and Palmer era of the 1960s
In 1963, Plimpton attended preseason training with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League as a backup quarterback, and ran a few plays in an intrasquad scrimmage
Plimpton, along with former decathlete Rafer Johnson, was credited with helping wrestle Sirhan Sirhan to the ground when Kennedy was assassinated following his victory in the 1968 California Democratic primary at the former Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
Mike Bass - During a brief stint with the Detroit Lions, Bass had a small speaking part in the 1968 film adaptation of George Plimpton's book "Paper Lion"
Christopher Cerf - In 1970, he helped launch the "National Lampoon", serving as a Contributing Editor from its first issue until the mid-1970s, and in 1978, he co-conceived and co-edited with Tony Hendra, George Plimpton and Rusty Unger the journalistic parody "Not the New York Times"
He was notable for his appearance in television commercials during the early 1980s, including a memorable campaign for Mattel's Intellivision
David Robbins (artist) - After attending Brown University, Robbins was employed in the early 1980s by Andy Warhol, George Plimpton, and Diana Vreeland, during which years he educated himself about art by interviewing emerging artists such as Richard Prince, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, and Allan McCollum
In 1992, he married Sarah Whitehead Dudley, a graduate of Columbia University and a freelance writer
In 2006, the musician Jonathan Coulton wrote the song entitled 'A Talk with George', a part of his 'Thing A Week' series, in tribute to Mr. Plimpton's many adventures and approach to life