Sunday, November 23, 2008

Geezer at rest

On Bruton Boulevard, just a little bit north of L.B. McLeod Road, ye rabbits will find Orlando's historically black cemetery.

Buried within its confines is one Howard E. Porter, Sr. (31 Aug 1948 - 25 May 2007).

But, those who knew him, didn't call him Howard. They called him "Geezer."

No, he wasn't an old fuddy-duddy.

The name was a corruption of the word "geiser," which was the best description his classmates had of his leaping ability on the basketball court.

That ability got Geezer a scholarship to Villanova, where he led the basketball team to the NCAA finals back in 1971.

Then, he went to the NBA and played center and power forward for the Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, and Nets.

Later, he settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked as a parole officer, and where he was mysteriously abducted and beaten to death last year.

Sadly, this Geezer died too young.

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