Pete Hamill

Born Jun 24, 1935

Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. Widely traveled and having written on a broad range of topics, he is perhaps best known for his career as a New York City journalist, as "the author of columns that sought to capture the particular flavors of New York City's politics and sports and the particular pathos of its crime. " Hamill was a columnist and editor for the New York Post and The New York Daily News.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on June 24, 1935.


1949 14 Years Old In 1949, Hamill attended the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan, but left school when he was 15 to work as an apprentice sheet metal worker in the Brooklyn Navy Yard; 59 years later, in June 2010, Regis awarded him an honorary diploma. … Read More
1952 17 Years Old In the fall of 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.


1956 21 Years Old After his discharge, in 1956-57, he was a student at Mexico City College on the G.I. Bill. … Read More
1957 22 Years Old His book on the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera was inspired by time spent in Mexico City in 1957 and his presence at Rivera's funeral. … Read More
1958 23 Years Old In 1958, while serving as the art director for a Greek-language newspaper the Atlantis, Hamill talked his way into writing his first piece about his friend, Puerto Rican professional boxer José Torres, then a neophyte middleweight and Olympic champion. … Read More
1960 25 Years Old Hamill eventually attracted enough attention and was hired as a reporter for the New York Post in 1960.
1962 27 Years Old The 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike led Hamill to start writing magazine articles.
1963 28 Years Old By the fall of 1963 he was a correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post, stationed in Europe. … Read More
1964 29 Years Old In August 1964 he returned to New York, reported on the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, and was briefly employed as a feature writer at the New York Herald Tribune.


1965 30 Years Old He began writing a column for the New York Post in late 1965, and by the end of that year was reporting from Vietnam. … Read More
1968 33 Years Old Hamill has also written fiction, producing ten novels and two collections of short stories. His first novel, a thriller called A Killing for Christ, about a plot to assassinate the Pope on Easter Sunday in Rome, was published in 1968. … Read More


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He also wrote about boxing, baseball, art, and contemporary music, winning a Grammy Award in 1975 for the liner notes to Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. … Read More


1994 59 Years Old Hamill's 1994 memoir, A Drinking Life, chronicled his journey from childhood into his thirties, his embrace of drinking and the decision to abandon it. … Read More


2001 66 Years Old Hamill's memoir Downtown: My Manhattan includes his reporting for the New York Daily News on the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, at which he was present.
2005 70 Years Old Hamill received the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2005. … Read More
2010 75 Years Old In 2010 he was presented the Louis Auchincloss Prize from the Museum of the City of New York. … Read More
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