October 9, 2008

Television and Film Actor Thom Gossom, Jr. To Sign Memoir ‘Walk-On’ at Borders in Westwood Oct. 16

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ --

   Who:     Thom Gossom, Jr. is a television and film actor and producer who            has appeared on numerous television series, including "Boston            Legal,""Cold Case,""NYPD Blue" and "In the Heat of the Night;"            and feature films, such as "Fight Club,""Jeepers Creepers II"            and "Miss Evers' Boys." In 2004, Gossom founded Best Gurl            Entertainment, which produced his acclaimed play, "Speak of Me As             I Am." In 1975, he became the first black athlete to graduate            from Auburn University.    What:    Gossom will sign and read from his memoir, "Walk-On." A coming            of-age tale about overcoming adversity and gaining success,            "Walk-On" not only tells the story of how Gossom earned a spot on             Auburn's football team, but it also offers a unique perspective            on a major social change sweeping college athletics during the            1970s, showing readers what it was like to be on the front lines            of desegregation in the South. "Walk-On" is published by Borders            and is available in Borders and Waldenbooks stores as well as on            Borders.com.    Why:     Gossom did not set out to be a ground breaker. He did not apply            to Auburn University with the goal of being the first black            athlete to graduate from the almost all-white college. He just            knew that he wanted to play football and he wanted to play            football at Auburn. A good student and a gifted athlete, Gossom            was accepted to Auburn in 1970 and forever left the comfort of            his segregated hometown boyhood to enter into a world of            privilege that was just starting to grapple with desegregation.            Loneliness, anger, jealousy and overt racism awaited him on and            off the field. As Gossom fought for his place on the team-and on            campus-he became part of the movement to make the world a better            place for those who were to come after him, and in doing so,            became part of history.    When:    Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.    Where:   Borders            1360 Westwood Boulevard            Los Angeles, CA 90024            (310) 475-3444    Media:   Media interested in attending this event should contact Lita            Weissman at (310) 475-3444, ext. 580 or at            [email protected]             Media interested in interviewing Thom Gossom, Jr. or learning            more about Borders' proprietary publishing program should contact             Bonnie Schmick at (734) 477-1224 or at            [email protected]    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060208/BORDERSLOGO )  

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