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Fred Exley was born on March 28, 1929 in
. His father Earl was the local football hero, who died before Exley could graduate from high school. In high school he was in an accident and could not graduate with the rest of the students until he recovered the next year. He moved back and forth across the US and then between
and Florida, spending time in mental institutions, heavily drinking, and obsessed with sports (specifically
In 1968 Harper & Row published his book;
A Fan's Notes
, a fictional memoir (which some found disparaging to Watertown). Exley described himself as a "loser," a "drunk," a "dreamer" in an "unhuman society." In 1988 he wrote
Last Notes from Home
and wrote many articles for well-known magazines like
Notable Personalities of Jefferson County
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