As a student in high school, former Sports Illustrated and ESPN writer and editor John Papanek(1969), had two main passions – sports and writing   After graduating from PMHS, John went on to the University of Michagan, and took to writing for the esteemed Michagan Daily. Shortly after graduation, John was hired at Sports Illustrated.  While there, John conceived and produced Sports Illustrated Kids, a pioneering publication designed to combat literacy, and ultimately reaching more than 6 million readers per month.   In 2003, John was promoted to the editor-in chief of, and held that position until  his retirement in 2011. John  can be found playing jazz on tenor saxophone and lives happily ever after in NYC and Amagansett, L.I. with wife and prominent New York City theatrical producer Jackie Judd.

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