Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 01, 2019
Author and Football Fan Ed Tonore spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s October 29, 2019 meeting. The subject was the Greatest Fall of All, the title of a book he has written about the Fall of 2017 when he and his wife attended the top college football game each weekend that fall. He discussed the ticket, travel and lodging arrangements he made, the people he met and the tailgates he attended at the various games. He said that generally he was able to get tickets for a reasonable price, with the exception of the National Championship game for which he purchased his first tickets for $1300 but they turned out to be counterfeit. He ultimately had to pay $3200 for tickets to the game.

Ed Tonore is a retired attorney who practiced in Jackson Mississippi before retiring to Fairhope, AL in 1995. To quote from the introduction to the book on the Amazon website, “It began as a tribute to his father. Every weekend for an entire season, Ed Tonore set out to attend the highest-rated college football game in the country. Not only did his national quest remind him of the history and traditions of American football, but it taught Ed how great the people in America are and how important it is to cross things off of your bucket list. Having documented his journey on his blog, Ed pulls from those posts in this compilation of sights, sounds, tailgates, traditions, and the history of each university he visited during the season. The icing on the cake is a bonus section of recipes from the most popular restaurants in these college towns. Many of these "must-visit" restaurants shared their signature recipes with Ed. Entertaining, informative, and witty, you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy the ride!"


We thank Tonore for his very interesting presentation to our club, for his enthusiasm for football, and the need to cross items off your bucket list. He (right) is shown in the following photo with club president Greg Campbell (center) and club member Mark Kennedy (left).