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05/05/2012

Chat replay with Buzz Bissinger, who has a new book out "Father's Day"

51I1QyrKOiL._SL500_AA300_H.G. Buzz Bissinger is forever known for his work, "Friday Night Lights" which has spawned a franchise. Book. Movie. TV show. Movie (planned).

"I hear it mentioned to me, and I'm not kidding, at least once a day," Buzz told me in a phone interview we had late last year.

Since Buzz became Enemy No. 1 of Odessa, Texas he has become one of the most well-known writers in the country. The guy has plenty of opinions, and if you are a Twitter person his account, @BuzzBissinger is must read.

He has a new book out, "Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son".

Here is what Buzz has to say about his new work, which chronicles his trip with his special-needs son:

Buzz Bissinger: 
It's a book I wrote about my son. It's a very different kind of book. Zach was born 3 1/2 months premature and had traces of brain damage. He's 28 now, and a few years ago we made a cross-country trip. I never dreamed I would have a child like this. He's really amazing.

He's very verbal. He has a job. Where he is weakest is comprehension; it's at a second grade level. He's a savant in that his ability to remember dates is amazing. 

The more we traveled the more I discovered his ability to be independent and his ability to navigate the world. The point is, whatever the impairment, the desire to be whole. Zach is living proof of it.
I know when he walks down the street people who see him may be put off because he may talk to himself, but once you spend time with him you realize how wonderful he is. These kids who are disabled or 'unwanted' are people. You don't need to be scared of them, or pat them on the head. You have to treat them like an adult. I've never seen a kid who works as hard as Zach does.

Click here for Buzz Bissinger's website.

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