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George Plimpton: the ultimate amateur

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For his final book as a participatory journalist, George Plimpton tended goal for the Boston Bruins. He stuck his notebook in his shin guard, joked about tucking a flask there, too, and hovered, stick straight, skates slipping beneath him.

“When he went down he stayed down,” recalls former Bruin Mike Milbury, who played a 1977 preseason game with Plimpton. “It was amusing to try to watch him scramble to his feet, like a turtle trying to roll over. He was terrible.”

The documentary “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself” returns to prominence the writer, editor, and man-about-town whose signature literary device was to try and then inevitably fail. Plimpton, who died in 2003, serves as posthumous narrator. The film opens Friday at the Coolidge Corner.

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