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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sam DiMatteo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1934 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Sam lives in in River Grove, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

DiMatteo worked for twenty-two years as a mechanic at Procter and Gamble. His mentor once told him, “You’ll never reach your full potential here. You’re creative, and they’ll never let you express it.” When he retired he got an associate degree and took creative writing classes. He took photographs and took up painting. He’s also a laughing yoga instructor. Sam has won an award for the book from LeadingAge, which exhibited it at their fiftieth anniversary “Celebrate Age” exhibit, honoring DiMatteo for publishing his first book at the age of seventy-seven.


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The High-Tech Gooseneck Putter
ISBN: 1432764500. OCLC Number:

Outskirts Press. .

Meet Sami DeMani, a Canada gander with a legendary golf game. Hes on track to win the prestigious Waterfowl Tour and put his nemesis, the ruthless Pete Swan Lake, in his place once and for all. But right as Sami prepares to take a critical swing, a surprise scare changes everything ruining the shot and putting Sami in the hospital. What happens next dashes any hopes for golf glory or does it? No longer able to play, Sami throws himself into coaching his nephew, Myles, in the game he loves. Then the golf pro hatches a plan to help his nephew win a tournament with the aid of the specially designed Gooseneck Putter. This breakthrough device has the potential to change everything including the confidence of the golf prodigy who uses it. But none of them are prepared for whats about to occur as the tension rises on the course. Along the way, Sami and Myles will learn a powerful lesson regarding sportsmanship, perseverance, love, and what really matters in the game of life. A heartwarming and inspirational tale, The High-Tech Gooseneck Putter is about the power of golf to boost self-esteem, change lives, and bring a community together.