“THIS COULD BE THE UNDERRATED BOOK OF THE YEAR” – Peter King, Sports Illustrated
To understand how the NFL became the sports phenomenon it is today, you can study its history or you can live its history as an active participant. Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL’s first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Present at the Creation details Bell’s firsthand experiences, which started as he watched his father draw up the league schedule each year at the kitchen table using dominoes.
Join us at AUTHOR’S NIGHT on Wednesday January 17 at 6:30 as UPTON BELL and co-author RON BORGES discuss their recent book “PRESENT AT THE CREATION: MY LIFE IN THE NFL AND THE RISE OF AMERICA’S GAME.”
Over the past fifty-three years, Upton Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history.
Author’s Night is a FREE EVENT. A cash bar is available for our guests, and copies of Mr. Bell and Borges’ book will be available for purchase courtesy of Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers.
Join us after the talk for DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR. Continue the conversation with Upton and Ron while enjoying cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees and/or dessert. There are no additional charges and all food and beverage are a la carte. However to ensure prompt service we suggest that those interested should make reservations in advance.
“Upton Bell did not grow up like you and me. Your father was not the NFL commissioner…And, no offense, I doubt you are as funny or insightful as Upton Bell is on a variety of topics. This is an extraordinary life story of a unique individual.” -Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
Upton Bell was player personnel director for the Baltimore Colts when the team played in three championship games and appeared in two Super Bowls (1968 and 1970). At thirty-three, he became the youngest general manager in NFL history when he joined the Patriots in that role in 1971. He left the NFL in 1974 to compete against it, joining the upstart World Football League as owner of the Charlotte Hornets, which lasted just two years. In 1976 Bell began his forty‑year career as a radio and TV talk-show host, yet he remains a football guy who was in the middle of the game’s most significant moments and knows that half the story has never been told, until now.
Ron Borges has covered the NFL since 1974. He wrote for The Globe, and is currently the lead sports columnist at the Boston Herald, as well as a member of the forty-eight-person Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and the nine-person senior selection committee. Borges has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters five times since 1999. He also holds the record for most first prizes and overall awards in the annual competition of the Professional Boxing Writers Association. He has also been awarded a half dozen writing awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual competition and his work has been included in the annual anthology “Best Sports Stories” eight times.