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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Writer's Life 7/6 - One a of a Kind

RIP Gene Conley, 86, an extraordinary athlete whose accomplishments will probably never be duplicated. He's not a household name like teammate Hank Aaron in baseball and Bill Russell in basketball. Yes - he played both sports. His stats are modest, but the fact that he was a member of a championship team in each league is most impressive. Standing six-eight, he was an imposing presence on the pitcher's mound. In eleven seasons he played for four different MLB teams, compiling a record of 91-96, earning a World Series title in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves, who defeated the mighty Yankees. He was also a three-time All-Star. He played for four NBA teams, most notably as a reserve for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won three championships. In six seasons he averaged 5.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Since the seasons overlapped, he often reported late, to the chagrin of management. Imagine all the travel he did in those years he played both sports. It must have been tough on his family. He was such a great athlete that he was even the state high jump champ his senior year in high school in Washington. Kudos, sir. (Facts from Wiki)

From Yahoo's Odd News, edited by yours truly: Business is booming at a Pakistani pizzeria now that a robot waitress has been introduced. Osama Jafri designed the 55 pounder, which can greet customers as well as carry pies to tables. He wrapped a scarf around its neck so as not to offend conservative patrons. Sales have doubled since the robot was unveiled. Jafri's father, who owns the restaurant, has three more ready to roll, so I guess it will no longer be one of a kind. A new branch is planned. Jafri senior says: "I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me."

It was ladies day at the floating book shop. My thanks to the woman who bought CD's by Paul McCartney and Tom Jones and the 1997 Life year in pictures that features JFK Jr. and bride on the cover; to Shelley, who purchased J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye; and to the woman who overpaid for five romance novels and a cook book. As far as I'm concerned, they are one of a kind.
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