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Boys Talking: A Rare Treat These Days

Roland Lazenby (right) and me shooting the bull.

Among the regular activities I’ve sorely missed in recent months is getting together with some of the guys to just sit and shoot the bull. It is a real treat to have solid, uninterrupted guy time and one of my favorite people to share that with is my old friend Roland Lazenby.

Ro is a writer of some significance who always makes me feel like I’m a better writer than I am. He’s great for my ego and he always has ideas: “Man, you really should look for a major publisher for [my novel] ‘Clog!’ It’s the kind of book that has a big audience …” and so forth.

We also just talked, sharing the kind of information reporters share as we sat outside Panera Bread at Valley View Mall, a great place to chat and distance socially at the same time.

I met Ro with the idea that he would sign a Christmas gift copy of his blockbuster Michael Jordan: The Life, now in its 10th printing and which is available in 20 different languages. Roland knows as much about book publishing as anybody I know and he talks about it enthusiastically. I love hearing it.

We also talked about our newspaper days and how the entire profession has changed, some for the better, some not.

In the end, though, it was about a couple of guys feeling really relaxed, interested and without the interferences we are facing daily these days. It was a real joy.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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