Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wilt and James Q. Wilson...Two giants in their own ways

I loved Wilt Chamberlain, but definitely have mixed emotions about James Q. Wilson.

Still, both deserve to be remembered with awe and to be studied in their own ways.

Here is a great article about Wilt the Big Dipper's amazing 100 point game on March 2, 1962, and some other aspects of Chamberlain's too short, but still eventful life.

Here is a well-written obituary from the Los Angeles Times about Wilson, and his triumph in understanding how cleaning a neighborhood can restore pride and a sense of community, and therefore lower crime, and, on the other hand, his controversial work on race and crime that overstated heredity compared to culture and environment. Corporate media crowned him the king of crime analysis, but I will admit I'll take Elliott Currie overall.

And let's give a hearty cheer to the life of Alex Webster, a tough hombre from the Mesozoic Age of American professional football in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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