Peter Richmond, the author of seven books and a whole lot of other stuff, is an adjunct professor in the Education department of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching in 2015. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, where he changed majors four times, and was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard, where he studied humility. He also dropped out of auto-mechanics school before he could fail. As a result of all of these academic experiences, he is curious about everything, and knows a little bit about a lot of things, but not a whole lot about anything.
He has also hitchhiked across the country a couple of times, driven across it countless times, and ridden all of Amtrak’s trains. These travels instilled in a him a fascination with, and a love of, the people, towns, villages, cities, bridges, train stations, rivers, forests, fields and meadows of America. He hopes that this fascination has found its way into his writing.
Four significant career facts: 1) One of his stories was judged to be the second-best bowling story of the year 1991. 2) He has tried to work trains into everything he has ever written, usually without success. 3) In writing a book with Muhammad Ali which has never been published, he took Ali to a McDonald’s where they both ate French fries and drank strawberry milk shakes. 4) He interviewed George Clooney one afternoon, and then spent the evening at a party at Bob Hope’s house with George’s aunt, the late, great singer Rosemary Clooney. 5) He spent a morning with Paul Newman in his New York City apartment, whose kitchen featured two rinsed Budweiser cans in the dish-drying rack.
His work has appeared in VICE, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Parade, GQ, Details, Architecture, Parade, Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf and TV Guide, as well as two amazing magazines which, sadly, no longer exist: Play and New England Monthly. His journalism has been included in a dozen different anthologies, including Best American Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century.
He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, athletes and notable people, but has discovered that the guy you end up sitting next to at the bar in a Ruby Tuesday’s just off the interstate, next to the Marriott Courtyard, is usually every bit as fascinating as the famous people, although Paul Newman would prove the exception there. But come to think of it, Newman was exactly the kind of guy who’d want to watch a football game at a franchise restaurant bar off the interstate. So.