Just some thoughts:
Lenny Wilkens has an honor that few others have or will ever duplicate. Wilkens is in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Worcester, Massachusetts, not only as a player but also as a coach. On my visit to the Hall of Fame standing at his plaque I realized how rare that is.Very few other can say that.
At one of the practices during the time Wilkens was coaching professional basketball he was trying to explain a skill, a floor matter to one of the rookie players on his team. The player was getting very frustrated regarding his coaches instruction when he said to the coach: “Do you have any idea how hard it is to do what you are asking?” The rookie’s teammates all fell out laughing and one of the teammates said to the player, “Do you realize who you are talking to in asking such a question?” It was evident the rookie did not know the fame and reputation of his coach. Possibly if he did he might have spoken or acted a bit differently.
Howard Hawkes the famous movie producer had invited William Faulkner to a gathering of Hollywood folks. Faulkner had been asked by Hawkes to come to Hollywood and write the screen play for one of Faulkner’s famous books.
During the gathering Hawkes and Faulkner got to talking books. The actor Clark Gable was in the mix and said to Faulkner, “Mr.Faulkner, what do you think someone should read if he wants to read the best modern day writers?” Faulkner replied with a list of names, “Hemingway, Wila Cather, Thomas Mann, Jo DosPasso and myself.” “Oh” Gable said, “Do you write?” “Yes Mr.Gable I do” was Faulkner’s reply. Then Faulkner said to Gable “And what do you do?”
I think it might be in one’s best interest to always know whose company they are in and who they might be talking to. Agreed?
April 16, 2019
Posted April 26, 2019