Secretariat author to speak in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In 1973, Secretariat was the Triple Crown winner — the greatest of American racehorses. William “Bill” Nack, turf writer for Newsday newspaper from 1972 to 1975, wrote the book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, which has been made into a soon-to-be-released motion picture. Nack will speak at the 7 p.m. Oct. 14 meeting of the Allison-Antrim Museum in the downstairs social room of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St, Greencastle. Nack will talk about the career of Secretariat and will weave into the narrative his own extraordinary career as a turf writer. The program is open to the public.

Allison-Antrim Museum will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the downstairs social room of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 North Washington St. The facility is wheelchair accessible.  

In 1973, Secretariat was the Triple Crown winner — the greatest of American racehorses. William “Bill” Nack, turf writer for Newsday newspaper from 1972 to 1975, wrote the book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion.  Nack, the evening’s speaker, will talk about the career of Secretariat and will weave into the narrative his own extraordinary career as a turf writer, beginning with how he began to write about racing for Newsday newspaper on Long Island.  Nack will share the story of how he first met Secretariat when he was an unknown, unraced two-year-old, and will finish with how he followed Secretariat through his triumphant, record-shattering run through the 1973 Triple Crown.

Nack left the Newsday turf writer job to become the paper's sports columnist, writing about a myriad of sports from boxing to baseball to auto racing to tennis. He left that job in 1979 when Sports Illustrated asked him to join the magazine. Nack worked there as a senior writer from 1979 to July of 2001, writing about many major sporting figures, from Muhammad Ali to Reggie Jackson. In 2003, Perseus Books published an anthology of Nack’s magazine articles called My Turf. Nack’s book Secretariat: The Making of a Champion has been made into a movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich. The Disney produced movie “Secretariat” officially opens Oct. 8. It was sneak previewed at 800 select theaters nationwide Oct. 2.

The program is open to the public. There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series. Prior to the speaker’s presentation, a brief museum membership meeting will be held to elect directors for the coming year.

For information, call 717-597-9010 or visit the website at www.greencastlemuseum.org