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Bridging the Generation Gap through Sports: “The Highland Experience”
by Micheal J. Darby
Childhood memories of Joe Louis, Willie Mays, Lenny Moore, Johnny Unitas and several other sports icons are recalled in the idolizing mind of Freddie, a lifelong sports fan, who grew up in Western, North Carolina during the 1950s and 60s. The early careers of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson, are written as personal narratives. The timeline spans five decades.
Fanatical eyewitness accounts of sitting in the stands watching teenagers David Thompson, James Worthy, Eric Sleepy Floyd, and Michael Jordan are recalled and shared from the perspective of a tenacious sports fan. The early careers of Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson are also recalled.
Several associate Gastonia, NC Highland Junior-Senior High scholar athletes are highlighted. Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton is one of the athletes. Leonard was a teammate of Sam Lowery a great Highland basketball players. Sam helped lay the foundation for James Worthy, Sleepy Floyd, Bubba Wilson, Daryl Armstrong and other NBA players. Sam died much too young. The closing chapter highlights wisdom and knowledge that should have been shared with the Sam Lowerys of the world.About the Author
Micheal J. Darby holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Gardner Webb University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has worked in the Public School System, served as a Pastor, taught Christian Education at a Seminary also served as a State Convention denominational worker and was a guest newspaper columnist.
(2013, paperback, 116 pages)