Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Day I Met Chick Hearn

A day I will NEVER forget...the day I met The Golden Throat, Mr. Chick Hearn.

I still remember it as if it was just yesterday.

My cousin Peter and I were walking around inside the Great Western Forum, taking full advantage of the extra time we had pre-game. We wanted to absorb the atmosphere and maybe even get lucky and sneak our way down to watch the players warm up. All of a sudden we spot Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz (AKA Chicken Stew). We instinctively make fools of ourselves and start to wave our arms to maybe grab their attention, never realizing that this would become the Mona Lisa of our Lakers memory museum. Chick and Stu were in the broadcast section 10 rows up studying pregame stats. Stu, heavily involved in his work, waved us off but Chick waved us in. Chick Hearn took the time to personally greet us. He shook our hands and signed our program! He made the time out of his pregame routine to welcome us to the Forum. This moment alone cemented our love for the greatest basketball announcer to ever touch a mic.

We miss you Chick!

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