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A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: hal
Date: December 15, 2018 09:00PM
Some nobody Chinese immigrant found himself alone in a hotel bar with Charles Barkley. They got to talking and became lifelong friends. This is a sad/sweet story written by his daughter.

[www.wbur.org]

When Charles Barkley's mother, Charcey Glenn, passed away in June 2015, Barkley's hometown of Leeds, Alabama, came to the funeral to pay respects. But there was also an unexpected guest.

Barkley’s friends couldn’t quite place him. He wasn’t a basketball player, he wasn’t a sports figure, and he wasn’t from Barkley’s hometown. Here’s what I can tell you about him: He wore striped, red polo shirts tucked into khaki shorts and got really excited about two-for-one deals. He was a commuter. He worked as a cat litter scientist in Muscatine, Iowa. In short, he was everyone’s suburban dad. More specifically, he was my dad.

"You know, it was obviously a very difficult time," Barkley told me recently. "And the next thing I know, he shows up. Everybody’s like, 'Who’s the Asian dude over there?' I just started laughing. I said, 'That’s my boy, Lin.' They’re, like, 'How do you know him?' I said, 'It’s a long story.' "


The story is worth reading (or listening - it's a radio broadcast)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2018 10:50PM by hal.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: December 15, 2018 09:08PM
Wow! That was an awesome story!

Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Dave



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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 15, 2018 10:47PM
Thank you.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 16, 2018 12:47AM
I had read that and it's an incredible story. Lin's daughter really wrote it well.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 16, 2018 07:48AM
Wow.

Talk about getting misty.

A very well written story.

Thank you.






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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: December 16, 2018 07:49AM
That's such a great story. It'd be considered "an unlikely friendship" to anybody who'd never met Sir Charles, but he's exactly the person described in that piece in real life.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: stephen
Date: December 16, 2018 08:14AM
Very sweet. Thank you for sharing.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: stephen
Date: December 16, 2018 08:19AM
I was with some coworkers from my Birmingham, AL based ad agency, waiting for a table at Porter House, the steakhouse in Time Warner Center, when someone in our group spotted Barkley and he walked over to chat with us.

He was as real as a person could be who has run around in rarefied circles for a long time.

At the time we were discussing how UAB's football team had been eliminated (they're back now) and he was asking everybody in our group where they went to school. One person said Samford, one said Auburn, and Barkley asked me, did you go to UAB?

I said no, I went to Emory.

He said with a roar, "AAAAAAUUUUUGH. SMARTY BOY!"

I have laughed about that many times since.

Enjoyed talking with him very much.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: rz
Date: December 16, 2018 04:08PM
When I was in college, Barkley played for the 76ers, and they practiced at our gym. My girlfriend at the time was on our field hockey team, and worked out at the gym. One day, we're walking on campus when she says, "hey, there's Charles Barkley." She shouted out, "hey Charles!" He looked over and said "Hey Laurie!" I was shocked. I had no idea she knew him.
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Re: A nice read - a really sweet story: My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: December 16, 2018 04:33PM
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rz
When I was in college, Barkley played for the 76ers, and they practiced at our gym. My girlfriend at the time was on our field hockey team, and worked out at the gym. One day, we're walking on campus when she says, "hey, there's Charles Barkley." She shouted out, "hey Charles!" He looked over and said "Hey Laurie!" I was shocked. I had no idea she knew him.

The great thing about Charles is, he knows that kind of thing absolutely makes somebody else's day when he does it. He very obviously loves that, and loves being able to do it anywhere he goes.
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