Awesome – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to read to students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in SW

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Photo by Steve Lipofsky via wikipedia

From a press release:

The legendary athlete and children’s author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read and speak with children at Reading Is Fundamental’s oldest program in the nation at a WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Celebration May 10 at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Tracy Hutson of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will also lead the festivities, which include crafts and WILD THINGS costumed characters. All of the children at the school will be given their very own copy of Maurice Sendak’s iconic and award-winning WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE to keep, thanks to a generous donation from HarperCollins Children’s Books. District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will also attend the event.

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  • Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Roger Murdock: I’m sorry, son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot.

    Joey: You are Kareem! I’ve seen you play. My dad’s got season tickets.

    Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now, Joey. Right, Clarence?

    Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he’s not bothering anyone. Let him stay here.

    Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is…

    [showing his nametag]

    Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.

    Joey: I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense.

    [Kareem gets angry]

    Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.

    Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.

  • Once when I was a kid on an airplane I got to visit the cockpit. One of the pilots looked just like Kareem!

  • I peed in the urinal next to Wilt (and his stilt) Chamberlain when I worked at Kutsher’s Sports Academy in ’96. True story.

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