|By Don "Fris" Conaway
Some thoughts and highlights of my time as a leg
man for Ted Silary, Philadelphia sports writer for the Daily News
and prior to that The Bulletin.
Top 5 people I got a chance to interview
Ray Meyer (Basketball coach at DePaul)
Mark McGuire (Basketball player at DePaul)
Best basketball interviews (coaches, locally)
Phil Martelli (When he coached at Bishop Kenrick)
Speedy Morris (When he coahed at Roman)
Eddie Burke, multiple schools
Buddy Gardler|, O'Hara
Ralph "Bones" Schneider, Mastbaum
Joey Goldenberg, West Philly
Rich Yankowitz, Dobbins
Vince Miller, Frankford
Best basketball interviews (players, locally)
Gene Banks, West Philly
Lewis Lloyd, Overbrook
Horace Owens, Dobbins
Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Franklin
Fran McCaffery, La Salle
Greg "Bo" Kimble and Eric "Hank" Gathers , Dobbins
Chip Greenberg, La Salle (and his brothers at Wood)
Best football interviews (players, locally)
Rich Gannon, SJ Prep - His first story; coming off the bench as a soph
and leading the Prep to a come-from-behind win!
Blair Thomas, Frankford
Lawrence Reid, Dougherty
Best football interviews (coaches, locally)
Al Angelo, Frankford
Whitey Sullivan, Judge
Top 10 fun/interesting moments while covering
1. Giving a local , well-known sports fanatic a ride home from a Ridley
football game. When I asked what he did for a living, he said, "I have
the safest job in America. I work for the unemployment office." Two
weeks later I gave him another ride home from the Palestra and he said I
wouldn't see him for a while. The next day he was arrested for fraud.
2. Game at Sayre Junior High between West Philly and Overbrook. At the
end of the game, West's cheerleaders chanted, "Get your hats and coats
and leave, (bleeper-bleepers).Ē
3. West Catholic's football team getting soft pretzels made in the
letters W and C.
4. Someone stealing the tip we left at the Italian Restaurant in the
Northeast. (The waitress told Ted when he went back there to eat a day
or two later. Ted was pissed.)
5. Making up my own Press pass. Never a doubt. Always worked.
6. Filling in for Ted as a speaker at a Penn Charter banquet. He didn't
want to get a suit..
7. Ref Ralph McNally throwing Joe Conklin out of the Northeast
announcer's booth after he said, "For the 50th time . . . backfield in
motion." I tell people all the time that Ted got Conklin his start as a
8. Covering an Edison Dobbins fooball game. When the ref went to measure
a first down, two chain guys quit and dropped the markers right on the
9. Covering a West Philly game that was sold out, and waiting in a crowd
outside and police on horses. When I got in, I got Pooh Richardson's
mother into the game and out of harmís way.
10th: Pittsburgh tournament when Sean and Archie Miller performed at
halftime (dribbling exhibitions). Maybe 6 or 8 years old. And now both
are successful college coaches.
Tie 10th: Seeing Peaches and Herb perform in Washington DC, and sitting
next to Sonny Hill and DeMatha coach John Wootten, the coach in the
Warm regards. Life life in sports,