There are so many great stories in this memoir. How did you guys choose the best?
RD: I just wanted it to be a good read. We have stories about O. J. Simpson, Princess Diana, 9/11, Bill Gates and so many others. Like I said, Michael had a front-row seat to so many interesting events.
MV: We got it down to 28 very focused, short and readable chapters.
Michael, what is your personal career highlight?
MV: I was always on the road, 100 days per year for many years. I think the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in South Korea was bigger than the Olympics. I was there for seven weeks!
I also got to travel the world, especially with World Cup alpine ski racer Ken Read for 12 years because I could ski with a camera, and not too many [camera] guys in those days were skiing. More guys do it today, but when I started out, I was the only guy who could ski with all that equipment!
Today I could do all of that with an iPhone, but back then I had 60 pounds of equipment on me and I had to ski without poles. I skied down glaciers and mountains all over the world.
Roxanne, how did your time and studies at Concordia help shape you and your career?
RD: I gravitated towards history and really enjoyed my classes with professors Graeme Decarie and Geoff Adams. They made history come alive. I went on to work as a journalist for almost 10 years. Journalism is like the first draft of history. This all came to fruition when writing biographies. My time at Concordia was very positive and helped lay the groundwork for my career as a writer.