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How The Great American Novel plan turned into a career unlocking truths

As I watched Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, speaking on television the other day, I was reminded again of the influence her dad, Jim Klobuchar, had on my newspaper career.

No, I never met him, but his daily columns in the Minneapolis Star Tribune helped ignite my interest in newspapers.

I had known since I was a young teenager that I might do something in writing. In fact, I remember the day friends and I pondered what we wanted to be when we grew up. This was long after the policeman/fireman phase and I said I hoped to write The Great American Novel. Or something like that.

I actually wanted to play shortstop for the Yankees, but I knew that would not happen. Writing, however, was a possibility. English was always my best subject.

I took several steps toward the goal of writing The Great American Novel.

I read most everything written by…

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