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Published on December 13th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Mitch Albom On His Latest Book “The Stranger In The Lifeboat,” Music, Hockey, Warren Zevon, The Rock Bottom Remainders & More

Mitch Albom started out as a sports writer in Detroit and became a household name when he wrote Tuesdays With Morrie — to pay for the book’s namesake’s medical bills — which would become #1-selling memoir of all time, as later adapted into an Oscar-winning film. Albom has ultimately sold over 45 million copies of his books, which also include Have A Little Faith and the novel The Five People You Meet In Heaven. The Stranger In The Lifeboat is his latest book, in which Albom ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might he be like?

Albom’s success as an author is one interesting facet of his life. Related to his path as a philanthropist, Albom and his wife have had an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti for over 10 years. As a musician, Albom not only co-wrote the Warren Zevon single “Hit Somebody” — which features a vocal cameo by David Letterman — but has been a member of The Rock Bottom Remainders alongside other famous authors. Albom has also found success as a broadcaster and on-air personality within the sports world. And combining his passions for music, sports and writing, he helmed the hockey-themed musical titled, well, Hockey – The Musical!; I, very unfortunately, never got to see this one in-person.

On December 13, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mitch Albom via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond The Stranger In The Lifeboat, we spoke about his musical background, future projects, his philanthropy, and what he still feels he has to accomplish professionally. More on Albom, his books and all of his other professional endeavors can be found by clicking here, here and/or here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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