Author Tim Jackson to visit Blue Ridge Books

Apr 03, 2014

If you are a fan of University of North Carolina athletics, Tim Jackson's "Gone Pro: North Carolina" is a must-have book.

Jackson will be reading from and signing copies of his book at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Blue Ridge Books.

The book provides a comprehensive look at the University of North Carolina athletes who made it to the top of their professions. The book includes the big names from recent generations: sports superstars such as Vince Carter, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, B.J. Surhoff, and Lawrence Taylor.

It also looks at some who were never as well-known and others, such as Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, who were widely recognized nationwide more than half a century ago, but whose names have faded over the years. "Gone Pro: North Carolina" explores those athletes' place in Carolina history but then goes on to look at how they fared at the highest levels of their sports.

This book explores the athletes who were good in college but went on to become pro stars as well as the college phenoms who could never translate their success at UNC to the pro level. Encyclopedic in nature but filled with stories and fun information, this book is sure to appeal to Tar Heels everywhere and sports fans in general.

The University of North Carolina has long been one of the best all-around college sports programs, and with such success comes a tremendous amount of athletes who have made it to the next level-the final level of athletics prowess.

Even if you're simply a North Carolina resident or have ties to the state, this book will make you beam with pride to see the amazing amount of professionals who hailed from the state's flagship school-the University of North Carolina.

Jackson's career in publishing started at a young age. At 17, he began writing sports for his hometown newspaper, The Franklin County Times, in Alabama. He went on to the University of Alabama where he began writing for student publications, quickly becoming assistant sports editor for the school paper.

While maintaining a love of sports, Tim's career took a different direction. He began writing about the arts, antiques, culture, entertainment, and the outdoors. He has worked as a full-time employee for Southern Living, Cooking Light, and Canoe & Kayak magazines as well as at Radford University.

Now based in Asheville, he has done extensive freelance writing and editing, most recently acting as editor of the online publication The Asheville Post. He lives in Asheville.