A Ford Foundation program allowed Lipsyte to skip his senior year at Forest Hills High School in Queens and enroll at Columbia University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957 at the age of nineteen. In 1959, Lipsyte received a Master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.Although he planned to move to California after graduating from Columbia as a nineteen-year-old English major, Lipsyte took a summer job as a copy boy in the sports department of the New York Times. Eventually becoming a sports reporter and then a sports columnist, he stayed with the newspaper for fourteen years. During that time, he co-authored Nigger (1964) with controversial comic and activist Dick Gregory; published The Masculine Mystique (1966); wrote his first and best-known novel, The Contender
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Lipsyte, Forest Hills High, Ford Foundation program, television sports essayist