This is a part of my essay in essay number 2, I did this part already, just putting what I have so far in this blog:
Graff gives us a vivid explanation of his growing up: “I offer my own adolescent
experience as a case in point. Until I entered college, I hated books and cared only for sports.
The only reading I cared to do or could do was sports magazines, on which I became hooked,
becoming a regular reader of Sport magazine in the late forties, Sports Illustrated when it began
publishing in 1954”. (199) What this explanation of Graff’s early childhood does is shows us an
empty coloring book (Graff) and when he opens his eyes, he gives reading a chance (coloring
pages in the coloring book). Even though it’s only sports books, he is reading and obviously he
read more than sports books after his adolescent years to be writing this article Hidden
Intellectualism. Graff then continues to discuss a baseball player by the name of Joe Dimaggio.
Joe Dimaggio played for the New York Yankees. This story of Dimaggio is about Graff having
looked up to this not so ordinary baseball player. Dimaggio is a legend and will forever be
known as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Being such an important part to
the game of baseball, this gave inspiration to so many, including Graff, and still people today
from that era or the current era. How this insight of Graff’s growing up and idolization of Icons
like Joe Dimaggio relate to being smart or Intellectual is that Graff wasn’t always perceived to
be a smart person or an Intellectual early in his life. Through perseverance and sticking to what
he knows, and opening his eyes to other aspects of the spectrum that is learning andunderstanding.