David Halberstam was born on April 10, 1934 in New York City and later attended Harvard University. After graduating in 1955, Halberstam worked at a small daily newspaper until he attained a position at the Nashville Tennessean. Halberstam has written over 20 books including The Children, a written account of his coverage of the Civil Rights Movement; The Best and Brightest, which was a bestseller; and The Game and October, 1964, both detailing his fascination of sports. Halberstam also won a Pulitzer Prize for his reports on the Vietnam War while working for the New York Times. He was killed in a car crash on April 23, 2007 at the age of 73.
Comedian and actor Denis Colin Leary was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 18, 1957 and holds dual citizenship in the U. S. and Ireland. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1979 and taught comedy writing classes there. Leary has appeared in over 40 movies and been nominated for several Emmy and Golden Globe awards. He is the star and co-creator of the television show Rescue Me. Leary has also produced many movies, television shows, and specials, and he guest-starred on an episode of The Simpsons. Leary wrote the bestselling book Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid in 2008. He created the Leary Firefighters Foundation in 2000, which contributes funds to Massachusetts and New York City fire departments. He has also raised money for the families of the firemen killed on September 11, 2001, as well as donated boats to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Leary married Ann Lembeck in 1989 and has two children.