|Plot Summary of The David Kopay Story|
|" Professional running back David Kopay came out of the closet at the end of 1975. His announcement that he was gay and his suggestion that there were a good number of other gay players in professional football caused quite a stir at the time. He was reviled by some and applauded by others. In this book, he and his co-author, Perry Young, try to explain why he made that choice and how it changed his life.
They begin with his childhood. He was born in Chicago and raised in a Catholic family. He describes his parents as sexually repressed and suggests that their problems had an effect on the rest of the family. As early as college, the University of Washington, he was attracted to men, but didn't know how to act on that attraction except in kind of drunken brawling.
As a professional he played for ten years for a number of teams. Towards the end of his career, he feels that many of the other team members were aware of his sexual orientation. Still he felt the need to make it public, and to crusade for honesty about sexuality.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The David Kopay Story|
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Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of sex:
- gay guy
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- sports figure
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Pacific NW
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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