Throughout his life, Mitch Albom has come to be known as an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey and was the middle of three children. He is invloved with five charities and just last year, he was awarded the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Mitch Albom began to write books after he ran into one of his old college professors who had ALS, a deadly disease that weakens your muscles and can paralyze that person, eventually leading to death. This encounter led to his first book, Tuesdays With Morrie.