Sammie Mays (Born: December 7, 1957) is an American author, journalist and humorist. In 1990, where many attempted and failed, Mays infiltrated prison confines, securing the interview and infamous photograph of baseball’s legendary bad boy “Pete Rose in Prison” – while successfully evading maximum measures. As a result of her unique (and quite unorthodox) style, the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper published what became known as the $100,000 Best of Year story and photograph – and garnered Mays a “Best of Year” home run in Sports Illustrated magazine. It was then, among newsroom peers, that Sammie’s atypical style earned her the nickname the “Gonz.”
Incensed by the fragile state and precipitous decline of a struggling pod of three-hundred critically endangered Alaskan Cook Inlet Beluga whales, Mays wrote (under the nom de plume Mayor Gonzo Mays) the popular holiday family storybook ‘Pirate Night Before Christmas’ in an effort to draw attention to the plight of the waning white whales.
Along the Gulf of Mexico, Mays grew up in the small seaport town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. The third child of five, the author was born into a Southern moonshine dynasty which operated across the Southeast by the family patriarch, the town’s chief-of-police. Despite the on-again off-again Catholic school upbringing, the middle child, often overlooked by the family’s political schedule (at age twelve) began smoking cigarettes, skipping school, hanging out in the town’s local taverns and shooting pool while honing the skill of listening-in on conversations between lawmen, New Orleans Sicilian Mafiosos and the good ole boy network – developing into a young rebel and learning much in the way of Southern politics, moonshine and murder.
A published writer and columnist since 1986, Mays’ stories and exploits have appeared in: People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, National Enquirer, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Time Magazine, Miami Herald, Key West Travel Host Magazine and as vignettes for Comcast Tourist Television. When newspapers began downsizing Sammie Mays jumped into the authors’ pool after the writers’ satirical columns, in several South Florida newspapers, were replaced by suicide prevention ads.
‘Damn The Carnations Full Speed Ahead!’ is Sammie Mays’ most recent title. The book is a memoir of shorts intended to have you laughing in the face of adversity.