Palmer resident Tommy Shea spent 40 years as a writer at The Republican. In 2003 he received the New England Associated Press Award for the best local New England column. He was also nominated for a Pulitzer. In this interview, he shares highlights from his days profiling local citizens and how baseball and Bob Dylan impacted him. His latest book is titled Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History (Sports Publishing, 2016).