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Brian DAmbrosio
Brian D'Ambrosio is a journalist and marketing consultant based in Missoula, Montana. D'Ambrosio's features have been published in local, regional, and national publications. He has worked as a media relations coordinator on behalf of non-profits, theatre groups, digital publications, and start-up businesses.

D'Ambrosio has written more than 10 books and is in the process of completing a biography of boxer "Indian" Marvin Camel and 'Warriors on the Ice', recalling the lives, times and careers of the greatest of former NHL tough guys.

He contributes regularly to multiple publications on a vast variety of subjects.

He may be reached at

Entries by Brian DAmbrosio

The Terms of John Hiatt's Surrender

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 2:08 PM

John Hiatt has shared it all.

Over the past 40 years, he has shared joy, mortality, love, freedom and eternal, radiant life.

At 62, the sharing process is not complete.

Everywhere he looks he sees the mystery of life and death, of creation and decay and regeneration.

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Misty Upham's Torment

(8) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 2:09 AM

A body believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham has been found in the Seattle area, police said on Thursday.

I first interviewed Misty Upham a few months ago, and it ended eerily. Out of the more than at least 1,000 interviews I've conducted, our three hour-long...

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From SNL to Talk Radio, Joe Piscopo 'Digs the Journey'

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 3:17 PM

A general maxim emerges when chatting with Joe Piscopo about the curvatures and swivels of his life.

"I totally dig the journey," said Piscopo. "Totally dig the journey."


And what a ride it has been for the famous New Jersey native, age 63....

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George Takei Humbled "to Be Takei"

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:42 PM

By Brian D'Ambrosio

George Takei learned from his father that one could best get what one desired by expressing what they want rather than complaining about the way things are. From Takekuma Norman Takei, George also learned the usefulness of optimism in the face of confrontation.

The Takei family's soberest...

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YOGA Master: Diamond Dallas Page's Reluctant Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Innovation is a drastic process of change.

Preferably, it occurs in a very short period of time, yielding a dramatic turnaround.
And what could be more dramatic than a former entertainment wrestling champion advancing his very own system of yoga?

"Originally, when I was introduced to...

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Congressional Hopeful McCline: "Hastings Is on His Heels"

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Our nation's politicians are a detached group of individuals.

In the minds of the electorate, they are increasingly viewed as pompous, vain, and motivated by greed.

Jameel McCline, running for office in the 20th Congressional District of Florida, said that his grassroots campaign emphasizing the triumph of the human condition...

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The Balancing Act of Wrestling Legend Rick Martel

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Belief in fiction becomes fact.

At least that's how it commonly plays out in the lives of professional wrestlers.

"It is hard for guys to balance their personal and professional life," said Rick Martel, who coolly maintained his equilibrium over the course of a 26-year professional wrestling career....

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Pugilism to Politics: Jameel McCline Believes He Can KO Congress

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Unconventionality is compelling as political theater.

Perhaps the most alternative candidate in a current major U.S. political race is Jameel "Big Time" McCline.

A veteran of more than 50 heavyweight bouts, McCline, 44, is running for Congress, challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in the Democratic primary.

McCline trusts...

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Jim Myers' Double Life as George "The Animal" Steele

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Wild. Hairy. Big green tongue.

George "The Animal" Steele was strange.

He liked to eat ring turnbuckles and spit the innards. He wrestled like an animal, too. "The Animal" was unpredictable. Opponents never knew what he would try next.

Crowds went crazy for this feral beast of...

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Pioneer From the Projects: The 'Dyn-o-mite!' Life of Jimmie Walker

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:10 PM

You usually don't consider a pioneer as someone raised in the razor-wire, graffiti-strewn projects of the South Bronx.

Or someone who once got their start opening community rallies for the militant Black Panthers and now clasps conservative traits.

But Jimmie Walker is, well, an unconventional sort of pioneer....

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NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz Living a New Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:38 PM


Few players in the NFL have earned the respect and admiration of present and former NFL players as has tackle Anthony Muñoz.

When you ask Muñoz how he wishes to be remembered, his reply is simple.

"I want to be remembered as a...

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Earl Campbell's Enduring Appeal

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Sometimes it feels as if our heroes are all that are worth remembering in life.

In today's sports world, faces and names come and go quicker than you can say brittle material. In football, the hero and legend status are doled out far too easily.

Despite an exit...

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Billy Sims' Second Act in BBQ

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:04 PM

By Brian D'Ambrosio

Business is the perfect mishmash of strength and sport.

And when your business is inseparable from your name, and that name is attached to a sport, naturally, you must be physical.

That's one reason that Billy Sims may be seen at one of his Billy...

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Success in Sauce: Former Raider Kenny King Cooks Up Family's Texas Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:33 PM

There is an old saying that if you give a man a barbecue, you feed him for a single day. But if you teach a man how to barbecue, well, you feed him for the whole summer.

Former NFL running back Kenny King hopes that at your next barbecue --...

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The Captain and the Scout: Montanans Add Authenticity to Oscar-Nominated Nebraska

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 9:15 AM

The amount of good luck coming our way often depends on our willingness to act.

In the case of former Yellowstone Sheriff's Department Captain Dennis McCave, the assessment is literal.


Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne ("Sideways," "The Descendants," "About...

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Garo Yepremian on Super Bowl Gaffe: "I turned it into a positive"

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:34 PM

We are familiar with the play.

January 14, 1973. Super Bowl VII.

Miami Dolphins' kicker Garo Yepremian makes an effort to play quarterback after a messed up FG attempt with 2:07 left and Miami leading Washington 14-0. As he tries to pass, the ball slides out of his hands...

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Retirement A Nasty Fight for MMA Forefather Dan 'The Beast' Severn

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Dan Severn's life story may be told in several contexts.

Call it a precise and multifaceted mix of unlocked fearlessness and inflicted pain. Call it an existence rooted in the efficacy of violence. Call it a life of strength, stamina and tightly enclosed spaces.

Label it a life...

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Former NHL Tough Guy Jeff Odgers' Epic Pride

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:16 AM

Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He never took a game for granted -- scared that his career could fade away at any moment. Odgers scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster and he made sure he never provided his coaches with a...

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Music as Refuge: the Life of John Gorka

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 5:48 PM


Rules of art were made to be shattered.

When broken by accident, that's gaucheness. When broken on purpose, well, that's style.

John Gorka's technique breaks free from the rules of modern music.

"Since I began playing music, I've known what type...

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Original Flame Jim Peplinski: 'Today's Players Forget to Protect Themselves'

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 2:50 AM

When Jim Peplinski entered the NHL more than three decades ago, players didn't look to the officials to solve their problems. Rectifying disputes wasn't the referee's strong suit, and the concept of a diving penalty could not be assimilated into the hockey mind.

Players policed themselves -- and they, for...

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