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Dreams can come true even in a small town

CHAMPLAIN - Despite being from a small town, author and journalist Glenn Stout has proven writing isn't just in the big cities.

A resident of Alburgh, Vt., Stout made an appearance at Northeastern Clinton Central High School and Middle School Nov. 10.

Stout, who is one of a few authors to write under the pen name Matt Christopher - a former sports writer - is best known for his own sports writing. He gave classes of both young and old potential journalists an inside look at his life and career as a journalist.

He talked about his break into journalism, stating he helped uncover the real story behind how the Boston Red Sox manager in 1907 died. Originally, it was reported as a suicide, but after Stout did some research, he found the manager was actually involved in a blackmail scheme involving the manager's wife. This article was sold to Boston Magazine, where many articles followed about the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins - starting his career as a sports writer.

The article eventually gave him the opportunity to write for young adults under Christopher's pen name.

"These books allowed kids who don't like to read a genre that they could enjoy and relate to," Stout said.

Stout no longer edits those books, however, he plans to start his own series in October.

While writing as Christopher, Stout continued writing sports stories about the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. He also became an editor of a yearly-published book that displays the best-written sports articles for that year.

Stout told the students that being from a small town was not anything to be afraid of - a person can get anywhere they dream of by doing the work. With Stout being a native from a small town outside of Columbus, Ohio, he could relate to the students, yet his dreams still came true.

During the lecture, Stout said some of his latest work has been some of his best work. He co-authored a book about the clean-up crew of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, titled "Nine Months at Ground Zero: The Story of the Brotherhood of Workers who took on a Job like No Other," and recently wrote a book about Trudy Ederle, the first woman to ever swim the English Channel titled, "Young Woman and the Sea."

Brett Bosley is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School in Jessica Mehrman's journalism class.

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