Most of us could only imagine the life that Irene Pollin has lived. In Irene and Abe: An Unexpected Life, she details her life's journey with her husband, from the time they fell in love as teenagers through their experience bringing NBA basketball and NHL hockey to the Nation's Capital, and ultimately, to Mr. Pollin's passing in 2009.
Irene writes about the thrills of owning professional sports teams (Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and building two highly successful sports and entertainment arenas, the Capital Centre in 1973 and the Verizon Center in 1997. She also writes about the joy of raising children and the heartbreak of losing children to heart disease. She chronicles the challenges she faced through her multifaceted career, from psychotherapist and published author, to founder of Sister to Sister, the country's first organization dedicated to women's heart disease prevention and education.
Irene and Abe were instrumental in saving and founding Sixth & I in 2002. Irene is the author of two previous books, Medical Crisis Counseling and Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long Term Illness. Irene and Abe: An Unexpected Life is an intimate, first person journey through the lives of two fascinating people, told by a remarkable woman.
In conversation with George Solomon, the assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post from 1975 to 2003 and a professor of sports journalism at Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland.
Irene Pollin is a widely respected public health advocate and founder of the nation's first organization (Sister to Sister: The Womens Heart Health Foundation) dedicated to women s heart disease prevention and education. Irene continues to work on women s heart disease issues with programs at Brigham & Women s Hospital, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the Hadassah Medical Center in Israel and Johns Hopkins University Hospital, all to provide heart health education worldwide. Irene and Abe Pollin were also longtime fixtures in the sports and entertainment world, as owners of the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Capitals (NHL). The Pollins also built two sports and entertainment arenas ¬ the Capital Centre (1973) and Verizon Center (1997). A psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work from Catholic University, Irene Pollin is the author of two books, Medical Crisis Counseling and Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long Term Illness
George Solomon was assistant managing editor for sports at the Washington Post from June 1975 to June 2003. Mr. Solomon began working at the Post in June 1972, joining the sports staff as a reporter covering the Redskins, the National Football League, and college sports.
He came to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2003 and was named Professor of the Practice in 2008. He assumed the directorship of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in Nov. 2011.
Since his retirement as Washington Post Sports Editor, he was named Ombudsman for ESPN in July 2005, the first person to serve in that newly created position for the network. He also co-edited All Those Mornings - an anthology of the work of the late Post columnist Shirley Povich, published in April 2005 by Public Affairs Press. He has taught sports journalism as a visiting professor at the Merrill College for the last four years.
Mr. Solomon is a 1963 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Journalism. After graduation, he worked in the publications department of the NCAA and was a news aide for the New York Post. He became a reporter for the Ft. Lauderdale News and later became the Sports Editor at the Sun Sentinel, where he worked from 1966-1970. He joined the Washington Daily News in 1970 as a sports reporter and columnist. When that paper closed in June of 1972, he joined the Washington Post.
Mr. Solomon was awarded the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to the Washington Post in 1999 and won the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Red Smith Award in 2003 for his contributions to the field of sports journalism. He was also honored that year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Association of Women in Sports Media. He was inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame in April, 2014.