Dan Jansen – Unbreakable

By:  Michael D. McClellan It’s two hours before the biggest race of  your life and you’ve just seen death. How do you compete when it goes down like this? You’ve sacrificed large swaths of your childhood and even larger chunks of your adolescence in exchange for a place at the top of your sport’s elite, […]

Carol Woods – Show Stopper

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Broadway.  Mecca of the theatre universe.  If you grew up dreaming of a stage career, chances are you’ve dreamt of performing in one of New York City’s illustrious show houses, the electricity of a live audience alternately jangling your nerves and juicing you up, the sellout crowd an affirmation of […]

Ben Johnson – Seoul Man

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Ben Johnson won’t say it but I will:  It’s time to get off the man’s back.  He’s paid for his sins in triplicate while other cheaters have skated, some of them holding onto vast fortunes, hallowed records and adoring fans that number in the millions.  Pete Rose sits on baseball’s periphery, hawking […]

Tamar Slay – Amazing Grace

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Adversity is a funny thing.  Some, when faced with it, cave, quit, or run for cover.  They shrink from its white hot glare, choosing to use it as a crutch or an excuse, often electing to play the victim card and then spending a lifetime going on about what might have been.  […]

Melissa Manchester – Divine Innovation

By:  Michael D. McClellan | French painter Henri Matisse famously said that you study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté – that it has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.  Melissa Manchester, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy Award-winning artist behind such classics as Don’t Cry […]

David Kaplan – Particle Fever

  By:  Michael D. McClellan | We humans are a different lot. An exquisitely beautiful, unquestionably complex lot. One moment we’re constructing the Great Wall of China, the next we’re writing War and Peace, the next we’re untethered from our atmosphere and taking that historic, giant leap for mankind.  We don’t merely exist, we restlessly innovate and […]

Clyde Drexler – Glide Time

By:  Michael D. McClellan | What is it about nicknames that endear us to our sports heroes so?  This isn’t a relatively new phenomena, unlike the tattoo craze that, in recent years, has inked both athletes and fans alike.  Nor are nicknames specific to race, culture, creed, or even the sports that we follow with such crazed […]

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Michael D. McClellan is a native of Montgomery, West Virginia. He has written two books about the Boston Celtics, and has interviewed more than 70 current and former NBA greats including Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving and Clyde Drexler. Michael launched FifteenMinutesWith.Com in September, 2013. The site focuses on profiles with extraordinary actors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists and athletes.

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