Mark Epstein: Book Signing
Book Signing with Mark Epstein, author of They Call Me Pathfinder and Jack the Shot Foley
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 2-5pm
Please visit or call the bookshop to purchase these books!
In Jack "The Shot" Foley: A Legend for All Time, Mark Epstein brings back the “Golden-Era” of basketball in Central Massachusetts. Basketball was king for many growing up in this hot-bed area where the Boston Celtics were located just 40 miles to the east. During this period of time in the 1950s and '60s, the Celtics were in the middle of their dynasty run and were being led by two former College of Holy Cross stars, Bob Cousy and Tom Heinsohn.
Born in Worcester, Jackie Foley became known as Jack “The Shot”, setting every New England high school and college scoring record while attending Assumption Prep and Holy Cross. After completing his All-American career at Holy Cross, “The Shot” was drafted immediately after super-star John Havlicek by the Boston Celtics in 1962. While John Havlicek became a household name in New England, Jack’s NBA career fizzled out after his rookie year. Jack Foley then entered the career of education in his hometown of Worcester, Mass, coaching the game he loved at the high school level throughout his almost forty-year career.
Get inspiration for finding your path from one man’s true story of life in the Deep South, a memoir lauded by Coretta Scott King’s cousin, Christine Jackson, as “a book everyone should read!”
Growing up, Mark Epstein had dreams of playing basketball, but his lack of motivation sidelined him. Inspired after he read true civil rights stories about Black Americans, Epstein’s secret dream was born. Personal heartbreak drove him to a new life in Charleston, South Carolina, where he found his mission to improve the world through sports.
In this inspiring memoir of an educator, Epstein shares the magic of befriending some of the greatest athletes in history as well as students and parents in the public school system. From desperate circumstances to a twenty-seven-year career in education and coaching, They Call Me Pathfinder is the story of how one lost soul from Massachusetts found his way to a life that became an American dream come true.
Born and raised in Worcester, Mark "Pathfinder" Epstein lives in South Carolina where he has had a twenty-seven-year career in the Charleston County School District as a teacher, counselor, and coach, and where he is living his dream of making a difference in the black communities in the Low country of South Carolina.