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October 22, 1985
Albert (Runt) Pullins, the last surviving member of the original 1929 Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, died of emphysema at the age of 74.
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February 17, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
They were like trees among shrubs -- three gargantuan Harlem Globetrotters standing waist deep in screaming schoolchildren, all of them holding out shoes and shirt sleeves for an autograph. The setting: An outdoor basketball court at Chatsworth's Sierra Canyon elementary school. The 'Trotters: "Clown Prince of Basketball" Geese Ausbie, "World's Fastest Dribbler" Curley Boo Johnson and Eugene "Edge" Edgerson, known as much for his Afro as his ball-handling skills.
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February 25, 1998
Students visiting the Los Angeles Children's museum Tuesday received a lesson in art, basketball and success--all rolled into one. Two representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, including the legendary Curly Neal, demonstrated ball-handling tricks to a group of kindergarten through 4th-graders. He then led the group in the creation of a mural. The students rolled basketballs in red and blue paint and then across a canvas.
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February 24, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the opening seconds of the second half of a basketball game at Michigan State in November when a panic, of sorts, swept through the sold-out Breslin Center. The Harlem Globetrotters, clown princes of basketball and international ambassadors of goodwill, had taken a 37-29 lead over the defending national champion Spartans. And while it was merely an exhibition, Michigan State's 28-game home-court winning streak was in jeopardy.
NEWS
January 11, 1990
Sterling Forbes Jr. seems to be following in his father's footsteps and in the same kind of footwear, sneakers. The younger Forbes, who played at University High School, Santa Monica College and Southwest Texas State, is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, just as his father used to be. Sterling Sr. of Pomona, the former Jordan High School and Pepperdine University star whose National Basketball Assn.
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January 25, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sherwin Durham spoke into the telephone with no certainty in his voice. "I'm in Charleston," he said cautiously, testing the sound of it. "Charleston, West Virginia, " he said with more conviction, and then he laughed at himself. Charleston is just another in the string of towns Durham rolls through, mostly for one-night stands during which he sees little more than the inside of an arena and his hotel room.
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January 5, 1990 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a small room in the new, $1.1-million gymnasium at St. Margaret's High School, basketball coach Rick Bauer has set up shop. Inside, Bauer has a desk, a basketball rack, a cooler filled with soft drinks and just enough room left to accommodate two people. Carpeting was just installed, which made the office look a little less like an equipment room. Humble digs for a man who once traveled the globe to play basketball professionally. But there are benefits.
NEWS
February 27, 1994
The Harlem Globetrotters and the late Fred Snowden are among the honorees being inducted into the Black Sports Hall of Fame at an Afro-American Museum ceremony Thursday. Curly Neal will retire his Globetrotter jersey and donate it to the Black Sports Hall of Fame. Neal and Snowden, the former executive director of the Food 4 Less Foundation, will be honored for their contributions to the community and basketball.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1992
Former Gov. George Deukmejian does not need defending. His unblemished record of public service for 28 years speaks for itself. Now he is an attorney with an international law firm and he is happy practicing his profession and representing his clients. Perhaps the two writers of the carping letters (Jan. 10) who found so much to critize just don't like lawyers. ANGIE PAPADAKIS Rancho Palos Verdes
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February 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Meadowlark Lemon, who played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1957-79, signed a contract to play for their touring team through April 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever stabbed to death Albert Patton, the co-founder of the Harlem Globetrotters, and his wife of 63 years. A neighbor found the bodies of 90-year-old Patton and his wife, Edna, 85, who was confined to a wheelchair, at their South Los Angeles home on Saturday night, police said. Investigators believe the couple were killed during a robbery earlier that day.
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February 26, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're pro athletes who don't spit on refs, punch opposing team members or abuse fans; they're funny, as American as apple pie and a slam-dunk crowd-pleaser from Iceland to Zimbabwe. To the strains of "Sweet Georgia Brown," the red-white-and-blue-uniformed Harlem Globetrotters are in town this weekend with their newest entertainment spectacular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998
Students visiting the Los Angeles Children's museum Tuesday received a lesson in art, basketball and success--all rolled into one. Two representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, including the legendary Curly Neal, demonstrated ball-handling tricks to a group of kindergarten through 4th-graders. He then led the group in the creation of a mural. The students rolled basketballs in red and blue paint and then across a canvas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
Orlando "Hurricane" Antigua knows all about overcoming adversity. During his senior year of high school in New York, he and his family were homeless. Later, he played his first two seasons of college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh with a bullet lodged in his head, the result of a street shooting in which he was an innocent bystander.
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January 13, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
The string of white lights snake through fog-shrouded cornfields, a traffic jam five farms long, heading toward a bright marquee in the middle of nowhere. Tri-County Middle-Senior High School 1-5 BB Winomac 1-9 BB Rossville 1-12 Harlem Globetrotters. Trucks and vans and solid blue Chevrolets, driven by careful men in baseball caps, filled with women wrapping their babies, edge into the lot. A wet kid with a flashlight takes their two bucks for parking.
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July 2, 1995 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wun Versher could barely believe it. The Harlem Globetrotters had called. He had tried out. He had made the team. Now the former Dominguez High and Compton Community College standout was racing home to tell his family, thinking all the way that this was unbelievable. His family felt the same. "They didn't believe me," Versher said. "My grandparents were the worst. Not until I put a uniform in front of them, and even then I think they had doubts." No one is doubting Versher now.
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March 18, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a basketball player, Wun Versher always expected to generate a vocal response from enthusiastic fans. But laughs? Laughs are part of the game since the former Arizona State player joined the dazzling Harlem Globetrotters. Take Versher's fourth-quarter shtick in which he holds onto the net to keep the opposing Washington Generals from scoring. When the referee orders him to let go, the ball drops through the net and hits the ref on the head.
SPORTS
March 17, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
What would you have to guess is the greatest basketball team of all time? The Bill Russell Celtics of the 1960s? Perhaps. The Chamberlain-Baylor-West Lakers of the '70s? Possible. Won 33 consecutive games. Or the Kareem-Magic-Jamaal Wilkes Lakers of the '80s? A case could be made. OK, but what of the Harlem Globetrotters men of all seasons? An annual record of 250-0. An all-time record of 17,515 or so victories vs. 331 losses? A winning streak once of 2,495 games? Is that any good?
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