It's clear, the Green Bay Packers are part of Tony Walter's DNA. We are so grateful he was able to take time this week to share the insider stories that make Green Bay and the Packers unique.
 
We reveled in factoids and anecdotes, like -- Tony's dad had plenty of fun as a bachelor in the 1920s and 30s before settling down at the age of 32; a lawsuit almost put the Packers out of business in 1931, and a small amount by today's standards -- $10,000 -- saved the teams' place in Green Bay; television coverage in the 1950s that made football the national pastime that it is today once again saved the flailing franchise. It was so much fun to hear the stories and the see the old time photos.
 
Walter is a former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports editor whose father, John, was a Press-Gazette Packers reporter and sports editor. His family includes Hagemeisters, Minahans and Torinuses, all notable actors in the Packers story, which gives him a unique perspective. 

In his new book, "The Packers, My Dad, and Me: A Family Legacy That Fed a National Obsession," he shares that perspective, aided immeasurably by his father's diaries.
The book is available in Green Bay at Bosses, Barnes & Noble, as well as online outlets.