SAN DIEGO, California – Charlie Mechem’s latest book, Arnie and Jack: Stories of My Long Friendship with Two Remarkable Men, is now available for purchase on the USGA publications website.

“I’ve always had a great relationship with the USGA,” said Mechem. “I’m pleased that they added my book to their shop. It’s a great fit for both of us.”

“It looks like you may have a big hit with this book,” said Yvette Smith, USGA Assistant Manager, Ecommerce USGA Publications. “We’ve had a steady stream of sales since we added it to our shop last week. We’ve already had to reorder a couple of times to keep it in stock.”

In Arnie and Jack, Mechem shares some of his most memorable moments that occurred alongside his good friends, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. Some of the recollections he shares are individual stories about Arnie or Jackand some are stories about the two of them together. 

They all combine to give readers a unique view of two of the most memorable people in golf.

Arnie and Jack is 152 pages and is being published by Mission Point Press. It includes forewords by Jack Nicklaus and Doc Giffin, Arnold Palmer’s personal assistant for 50 years. In addition to the USGA, the book is available in e-book and print versions at Amazon. For other retail locations, please visit

Mechem was a lawyer for Cincinnati’s prestigious law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, and was a business executive who headed the Taft Broadcasting empire of media outlets, Hanna-Barbera, Kings Island Amusement Park, and then the commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. He was a longtime consultant and advisor to Palmer and Nicklaus. 

But Charlie is not all business. Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, a small town nestled in the northwestern corner of Athens County, Charlie still thinks of himself as a small-town boy, and is constantly in awe of the many wonderful friends that his career allowed him to meet and enjoy. He and his wife, Marilyn, have three children and five grandchildren and live in California.

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