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Bernstein Books, Eagan


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About: Born and raised in Fairmont, Minn., best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein grew up loving sports and went on to attend the University of Minnesota. It was there where he first got into writing through some rather unique circumstances. You see, after a failed attempt to make it as a walk-on to the University's top-ranked Golden Gopher hockey team, Ross opted for the next best thing — to become the team's mascot, "Goldy the Gopher." His humorous accounts as a mischievous rodent then inspired the 1992 regional best-seller: "Gopher Hockey by the Hockey Gopher." The rest, they say... is history! After spending the next five years in Chicago and New York working as vice president of marketing for a start-up children's entertainment company, Ross decided to take a leap of faith and come home to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time sports author. Since then, he has written nearly 40 books and is truly having a ball. From critically acclaimed national biographies, to regional coffee-table history books, to inspirational children’s memoirs — Ross has appeared on more than a thousand local and national television and radio programs over his career, including CNN and ESPN, among others, and was even recently featured on the covers of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.