A student-athlete from Brevard College contacted me for comments on David Smith, our All-American center at Guilford College from 1969-71. This young fellow is doing his senior thesis as a journalism major on Dave. His name is Joseph Chilton and he plays center for Brevardâ€™s basketball team. He is from Murphy, NC, and is a distant relative of Daveâ€™s. Josephâ€™s father was at Guilford in the early 70â€™s, so I think thatâ€™s the connection.
Iâ€™m sending him copies of some old clippings and was doing some research to see if there was anything on the internet when I came across your article from January 4, 2006, â€œWhen Hoops Were King In The Carolinas Conferenceâ€. I greatly appreciate your mention of me with those great players. I was just a cog in a great wheel at Guilford and was surrounded by stars like Dave, M.L. Carr and Jerry Crocker. I often say that I got a free college education for just passing the ball to guys who could put it in the basket and the Quakers had plenty of those guys.
Since youâ€™re a sports fan in the Triad, you might enjoy this article I wrote for the 25th anniversary of Pete Maravichâ€™s record performance in the East-West All Star Game in the Greensboro Coliseum in 1965. It was published in the News & Record, originally. They made some typos in transcribing it to the official â€œPistol Peteâ€ website, but what the heck. Pete was a great player and a good fellow. There are some other wonderful tributes on the â€œMemory Wallâ€ at that website.
If you are kin to Woody Durham, please say hello to him for me when you see him next. He was at WFMY when I was at High Point Central HS and did a couple of our televised games at Guilford. I saw him last August when I attended a UNC football practice. My nephew plays center for the Tar Heels. Woody is still quite youthful in his appearance and outlook and he still has that great voice.