Pastor Dow Escalante

I’d be lying if I said that I jumped at the opportunity to take a role in my first ever elementary school play. The truth is, I didn’t want a role. But my fourth grade teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School in San Jose, California, Mr. Paratore, insisted that I play a Russian dancer in …

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Ricky Berry

After his success as a San Jose State Spartan, Ricky Berry, was the 18th player selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. In 1989, he would be dead. Back to that in a moment. On March 26, 1979 all eyes were on the college basketball championship between Indiana State and Michigan State. …

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Homegrown Chacon

On the eve of a fight in March, 1982, Bobby Chacon became a single dad to three children, ages 11, 8, and 6. Following two devastating losses, Chacon’s wife, Valorie, begged him to quit boxing. Her pleas were ignored. Subsequently, she killed herself with a rifle at the family’s home in the small town of …

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Fonzie and Flatbush

Pictured here are the Lords of Flatbush: Wimpy, Stanley, Butchey, and Chico. Miscreants — who were unaffectionately known in Brooklyn, New York, as The Lords. They stole cars, chased girls, played pool, and were – to borrow a phrase from the late Stuart Scott — as cool as the other side of the pillow. The Lords …

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