Nice piece in SI.com this week. Please be sure to the Jon Wertheim penned story on the "story behind the AND1 Dunkers" - A little snippet so see:
"So much so that it has spawned its own micro-economy. And1, of course, puts so much value in the appeal of the dunk that in the past it has devoted its marketing budget not to NBA endorser/players but to Hotsauce, The Professor, High Rizer and the other dunkers and ball-handling wizards who headlined the company's various streetball tours. Brandon Lacue, d/b/a Werm, for instance, was a marginal high school player in Florida who made a roster in a small Mexican league. But at 6-3 and endowed with the equivalent of Flubber, he became something of a cult hero as a dunker. He signed with And1 in 2009 and makes more than many professional players. In September, he performed at an event in Chicago to celebrate Derrick Rose's new shoe launch. .....
... If you're And1, for instance, you're not simply paying guys like Werm to take part in your Mix Tape Tours. You're paying them for the millions of downloads, views, shares, likes and retweets. It's also YouTube that has enabled dunkers to traffic internationally.
"I'm not saying I'm famous famous," Werm says, "but, yeah, I get recognized all the time. It's Werm! I seen you on YouTube!" (Sure enough, while Staples went undetected at the West Fourth Street court, the regulars immediately identified Werm.)
It was Christmas Day of either '65 or '66 and my very first two 45s (yes, 45 RPM vinyl) were under the tree alongside my very first phonograph, also known as a Victrola, as it was made by the RCA Victor company.
Yes. A Victor Talking machine was hot stuff for a little kid and it was aglow under my tree, delivered by Santa sometime that December 25th night.
The 45s were:
"Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds.
"Downtown" by Petula Clark
Ms. Clark turned 81 today, November 15th, so she was about 32-33 when she recorded "Downtown" after the Surrey, England vocalists was hitting a career crossroads after starting her singing at age 9 but struggling through much of the 50s and early '60s.
The Byrds dropped "Turn, Turn, Turn" in December of '65, so I'm guessing I was about 5 and one month when I fell in love with music, Ms. Clark and "Downtown!
Enjoy and Happy 81st Birthday to Petula Clark, wherever you are!
I just enjoyed a short business trip to Southern California. As I travelled from Boston to LA late this week, I remembered that the first day of my journey happened to be on the 22nd anniversary of the day Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced his retirement from the NBA because of the HIV+ diagnosis he was given after he took a physical for his life insurance policy.
Thank God, Earvin is doing very well today. While his playing career was cut short, he went on to two miraculous curtain calls with the '92 NBA All-Star Game (one of my fondest memories) and with the '1992 USA Basketball Dream Team at the Barcelona Summer Olympic Games.
The rest is history. (My prior post noted the news reports).
So, now I'm up early and happy to be heading "home." I don't take "home" for granted. None of us should ever, ever take home for granted because sometimes, some of us -- well -- just can't find their way home.
Note Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, of course, Derek Truck, on rhythm guitar no less, along with drummer Doyle Bramhall. The video was shot at Clapton's Crossroads festival in 2007. In 2011, Bramhall passed away in his sleep at the age of 62.