Professional experience: Almost 45 years in sports newspaper work with The Raleigh Times, News & Observer, Charlotte Observer
Education: Angier High School, ECU
Hometown: Angier, NC
Playing days: Lettered in three sports at prep level at Angier High. Played in the famous 13 overtime 1964 basketball game between Angier and Mamers Boone Trail High for the Harnett 1-A championship. Game was played in Carter Gym at Campbell University (then Campbell College). Boone Trail won in the 13th extra period.
Most memorable moment in sports history: There have been so many but I still recall sitting at courtside for the N.C. State basketball wins over Maryland (ACC title game), UCLA and finally Marquette in the Greensboro 1974 Final Four. In the 1999 Pinehurst U.S. Open, I was no more than 10 or so feet from Payne Stewart on his final putt. I was directly behind the UNC bench during the final few seconds of the 1982 NCAA title game in New Orleans when Dean Smith won his first title. And then there was that Duke semifinal win over UNLV in Indianapolis. It was the same day Kansas beat UNC in the other semi. I honestly expected to see a Duke-Carolina game on Monday, but both underdogs won on Saturday.
Favorite sports venue: On a cool, clear October afternoon, Memorial Stadium in Clemson is about as good as it gets. Omaha during the College World Series is very special, though. UNC's Carmichael Auditorium, N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum, Duke's Cameron, Maryland's Cole Field House, Virginia's U-Hall during the Terry Holland coaching era, Greensboro Coliseum and Georgia Tech's Alexander Coliseum long will rate among the best for basketball.
If I wasn’t working in sports I would be: Miserable first, then watching a lot of sports on TV.