There are a few dates on the calender that when someone mentions them, or you happen to think about them, immediately you recall where you were on those dates.  For instance, 9-11, Dec. 25, 4th of July, Jan 1, and probably your birthday.

To some, these dates hold a special place in their hearts. For some, not so much.

Yesterday was October 15 and during the A.M. while glancing at my planner, something occurred to me.  October 15 was usually the official day the Bible hit newsstands. No, not that bible, I’m talking ‘Street and Smith’s’ Official Yearbook.

The thing was like Gold in my hands.


It cost us about $2.00 and came out once a year.  I recall paying once with two dollars in change…

I would take it home or the schoolyard and read it cover to cover.

Starting with the High school section in the beginning all the way to the NBA schedule in the back.  It covered everything; Small college basketball,  Girls basketball, Juco, every D-1 conference in the country and of course the NBA.

I’m not sure when my love for the magazine tailed off but today, when I realized the date, it brought me back, way back.

One year I walked into Ray and Otto’s and looked all over their wall of magazines for the Bible.  After looking for a few minutes, I didn’t see it.  I thought to myself, “hmmm…, it’s October 15th, what the heck?”

“Ray, do you have Street and Smith’s?” I asked.

“No, it didn’t get here yet.”

I walked out and down the street to Tokyo Joe’s, on the corner of 16th street.

“Do you have Street and Smith’s? I asked as I poked my head in the door.

“Yeah, right here.” Joe said as he disappeared for a second behind the counter and pulled out a bundle of magazines tied up.

I walked inside the store and pulled out my money.

“First one.” Joe said as he clipped the string and handed me the copy on top.  I handed him the money and left.



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12 Responses to OCTOBER 15

  1. GW says:

    October 15 was also the first day of practice/tryouts in college- that was a long time ago….has that date changed, Coach?

    BTW-S&S was the most read publication in all college dorms.

  2. jackie kelly says:

    My ‘jones’ back in my early days was after hearing the new Beatles single on the radio I would begin the mad dash by scrounging up lose change from under the cushing’s of the furniture and then running over to Rheingold Park for some bottles to return for the deposit so I could get to the record store the next day to buy it. And after playing the A-side a hundred times I would then start wearing out the B-side of the 45. Unfortunately for my parents with the Beatles I sure got my money’s worth 🙂

  3. TonyF16thSt says:

    Not to get off the sublect but I’d like to share something that happen to me the other night. Makes you think in an eerie way might I add how and why things occur.

    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I are talking about the people we knew from the neighbor hood and I say to my wife, I wonder what happened to Louie Mannarino from Reeves Pl.?
    He was always a really good guy although he hung out with the “Saints” LOL. we went to High school and he was always the type of guy who you truly liked. Anyway we are at a wedding Saturday night and a couple sits down at our table and we do the niceties and intro and then he ask you on Staten Island long and my wife answers 30 years but we come from Parkslope in Brooklyn. he ask where? We tell him and he says my Brother-in-law lived there you know Louie Mannarino? I almost choked on my drink. The next thing I know I’m talking to him from the brother-in-laws cell. We exchange numbers I was telling him about the reunion and he’s showing up at the next one.
    A little freaky no?

  4. hoopscoach says:

    Tony, I’ll give you one: Saturday I went to watch a college basketball practice and I met the assistant coach; turns out he is from Carroll State! LOL…what’s the chances of two kids from Brooklyn coaching basketball in Michigan…

  5. TonyF16thSt says:

    A trillion to one,but it sure makes you think doesn’t it?

  6. Maureen Rice (Flanagan) says:

    Hi Coach, going to see Wes (WarmDaddy) Anderson Saturday night @ Lincoln Center, did you ever get to his restaurant in East Lansing, called Jazz and Gumbo?

  7. Maureen Rice (Flanagan) says:

    oh, and a belated happy anniversary on the blog, and once again, thank you for starting it!

  8. tumpy(billy shaw) says:

    hey red that would make a great blog topic Meeting people years later that you grew up with unexpectedly

    • hoopscoach says:

      Billy, no doubt. I do know that somewhere on the blog we have mentioned different encounters with people…just not sure where? If i have time I will search through and see if I can locate it. Not sure if it’s in the comments section or an actual entry. Thanks for the suggestion…

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