Michael and the Whiz Kids

Michael and the Whiz Kids

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Imagine a boy, five feet tall and one hundred pounds, who wants to play high school basketball. Now imagine that he was blind until the age of six and that hea€™s the first black student to attend his suburban school. And there you have Michael Thompson in 1965 in San Bruno, California. He played at the school where a young English teacher was coaching a€œlightweight basketball, a€ a competition for smaller players that has since disappeared. The team that Coach John Christgau put together came to be called the Whiz Kids for the way they rocketed up and down the court, led by Michael and invariably winning. Michael and the Whiz Kids tells the story of the teama€™s 1968 championship season. It is a tale of cliffhanger games and players as outsized in character as they are short in stature, from the wild-haired, bespectacled a€œProfessora€ to the well-traveled Latvian dubbed a€œSuitcasea€ to the quiet and tenacious a€œSalt, a€ as in a€œof the earth.a€ But it is also a tale of the timea€”of counterculture, suburbia, integration, and racial brawls erupting on the court. In Christgaua€™s deft telling, it is an absorbing, often comic story of coming of age, for coach and Whiz Kids alike.He sought to enter the mainstream of student activities by signing up to play football. ... volcanoes in Hawaii, to stadiums in California with pep bands, to old abandoned churches in Germany where the pews had been removed and one basket hung ... My first conversation ever with a black man occurred one fall in 1946, when I was twelve years old, after my father had come home from the war and begananbsp;...


Title:Michael and the Whiz Kids
Author: John Christgau
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-11-01
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