John Feinstein's recent Golf Digest profile of golf announcer David Feherty is one of the most inspiring/heartbreaking pieces I've read.
Feinstein, whose sports books and columns I've enjoyed over the years, tells how Feherty overcame mental illness and addictions to build a stellar broadcasting career.
Now Feherty, like a modern Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, has built upon his TV success with a standup show based on his experiences. An at-the-scene view of Feherty's performance at Atlanta's Fox Theater last spring made me feel as if I were there.
That's the inspirational part. The heartbreak comes from Feherty's grief over losing his son to a drug overdose. His pain and loss seared my heart.
The death of Feherty's son is one of several stories I've encountered recently about young people's hopelessness about the future.
Even in his worst moments, Feherty believed in brighter tomorrows. His son couldn't see anything but darkness.