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Lew was a national legend when he was a 15 year old sophomore at Power Memorial.

Fiddlin Bill

I would think that Cassius Clay had already changed his name to Muhammed Ali before Lew Alcindor did the same thing?


Often one is exposed to something, but only half learns it. Only later, often when exposed to a new fact or idea, does one learn the other half. I read the Origin of the Species way too early, in grade school, but for years I would learn things and place them in Darwin's matrix. I really enjoyed Foundation and Empire, but only understood it when I learned more Roman histoyr. You learned important things from Captain Kangaroo, but only later, when Alcindor changed his name, did you realize another part of what he had told you.

(Oracles and prophets use this effect rather sleazily. By speaking vaguely and generally, they claim credit for things learned, often at high cost, much later.)


We could do a lot worse -- we do do a lot worse -- than replacing much of our children's programming with Captain Kangaroo re-runs.
My maternal grandfather always thought some TV producer found Keeshan wandering around in bangs and mustache with the funny big-pocketed coat and decided to build a show around him.
Anyone else remember his role as "Dr. Sender" in The Stupids?

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