Philadelphian Sam Ballam fell in love with surfing as a teenager at his home break in Ocean City, N.J. After earning his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, he spent five years working and surfing in Hawaii, where he was president of the Northwestern alumni club during the late 1970s.
After earning First Team All–Big Ten honors in his junior year with Northwestern baseball, J.A. Happ ’04 was selected in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
It seems that sports commentary today often devolves into bite-size “takes.” Is there still room for the more nuanced columns you wrote throughout your career? One of the greatest things about the internet originally was that it allowed for longer takes, more well-developed stories that weren’t restricted by the amount of space you had in a newspaper.
Senior Hannah Kim shoots for more records as her storied wildcats career draws to a close.
My Northwestern Direction
In 2015 I was diagnosed with a giant osteoma in my head. The slow-growing tumor, which was larger than a golf ball, threatened to blind me.