red&id=470">Eric Olsen at August 6, 2002 06:56 AM

Bravo Matt. You tellem. Used to confound the hell out of me as a kid and an adult when our brilliant Shakespearean talent you describe so well would be ignored, not only by the Times but the networks as well. BTW it cracks me up seeing how Pat Riley is seen these days as the allknowing hardcharging kickass exemplar of an old school NBA head coach. I remember when Riley was Chicky's sidekick in the early eighties prior to his promotion and he was positively lame alongside the master. Stu Lance to his credit has done what seemed impossible- work well with Chick while providing astute, well spoken commentary. Let's keep him.

Posted by: Lloyd Albano at August 7, 2002 11:44 AM

Chick Hearn was one of the finest gentlemen to ever grace a microphone. I remember watching him on a low-budget daytime TV show on a slow summer afternoon many years ago; "Bowling for Dollars".

The contestants would roll a bowling ball at some wooden pins, the number left standing would determine his portion of the loot for that day. Chick was the emcee. He asked one of the female contestants if she were married, and what her husband did for work. She answered that he was a window-washer, obviously displeased that he wasn't a fireman or actor or something important.

I am still impressed by the way Hearn handled that interview. He asked a few interesting questions about the man's job, then worked into how courageous her husband must be to work high up the side of a skyscraper. Each question, and each answer made the lady prouder and prouder about the man she had chosen to marry. I'm sure that guy returned home to something really special that night!

And that's what we Angelenos have enjoyed for these several decades. Something really special. Chick was much more than merely an interesting and talented announcer, he was a genuine, warm and honest straight-shooter. We will miss him.

Posted by: Ryon at August 8, 2002 05:20 PM

Thanks for that, Ryon!

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 8, 2002 05:29 PM
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