Poet, school superintendent, high school teacher and coach, college teacher and administrator, and one-time international track star John Telford holds memberships in four sport halls of fame and a long string of awards for human-rights activism, including the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the Joe Louis Memorial Foundation’s Spirit of the Champ Award.
Order his books at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com (type in Dr. John Telford). Read him in the Michigan Chronicle, and in the Detroit Native Sun. Hear him Saturday mornings live at 9:30 on WCHB 1340 AM in Metropolitan Detroit. The call-in number to his Saturday morning show is (313) 837-1340 The show is also re-broadcast on tape Monday evenings at 6:30. To sponsor the John Telford Show or appear on it, or to obtain a signed copy of one of Dr. Telford’s books, call (313) 460-8272.
.NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood said, “Coach Telford’s life is one of which legends are made!” Dr. Wayne Dyer, the world-renowned author who wrote the Introduction to What OLD MEN Know–one of one of Dr. Telford’s books–wrote, “John Telford has a warrior’s heart and a poet’s soul.”
The outspoken and thrice-married Telford–who grew up on Detroit’s 16th Street at McGraw and was a successful Golden Gloves boxer in 1951 and 1952–has led a danger-laden life of tumult and controversy per his civil-rights initiatives that once got his house shot up in the middle of the night and per his frequent proclivity to engage in amorous liaisons with wives other than his own (some illicit forays which he now regrets, and which ultimately destroyed his first marriage). A Detroit Mayor pronounced his autobiography “Spellbinding!” The Detroit Free Press wrote of it, “Sensational! — Telford is a hero to some, a real pain to others!” Once you begin reading any one of Dr. Telford’s truly amazing books, you won’t be able to put it down.
And be sure to check out Dr. Telford’s latest book, “What Old Men Know”: