About the author
Minnesota's Jim Thielman has worked at newspapers in Minnesota and
As a journalist, Thielman covered the Minnesota Twins from 1977
He also reported from events such as the National Football Conference
Championship, the British and U.S. Opens, Rose Bowl, Major League
Baseballs All-Star Game, post-season playoffs and World Series.
The internationally published freelance writer's partial but eclectic list
of topics includes halal, transfer pricing, window washers, Oberammergau, wood
preservation, mycotoxins, civil war statues, bird flu, and
his father's decrescendo.
Thielman is amused that he was once a card-carrying member of the National
Science Writers Association.
He counts interviewing Muhammad Ali at the top of his list of famous
folks he has met.
"The minute he walked into the room there was an aura that skittered
over the rooftop, clattered down the drainpipe and jiggled around your shoes
like Jell-O, if you'll pardon the cliche.
"Walter Payton? Sandy Koufax? John Wooden? Payne Stewart? I
never met anyone else who projected whatever it was Ali had."
Thielman's post-journalism jobs have been communications positions with the
Minnesota House of Representatives, University of Minnesota, Cargill
Incorporated, General Mills Incorporated, a Fortune 500 technology company, and
a law firm.
He saw his
Major League Baseball game in 1965. He still plays, in an over-50 league.