RIP basketball great Kenny Sailors

This 1946 picture looks like it’s from a mysteriously unaired episode of Quantum Leap, in which the hero goes back in time as the only baller who could actually shoot the jumper. That was pretty much Kenny Sailors’ career.

He  recently died, at age 95. William McDonald wrote a fine obituary in January 30’s New York Times. Obituaries provide another reminder that the Times remains the world’s greatest newspaper.

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Screenshot of New York Times. Eric Schaal/Life Magazine, via University of Wyoming

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

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  1. The obituaries in the Times are one of the reasons I still subscribe. You learn so much about great people you were hardly aware of. It almost makes up for the wretched quality of the Op-Ed page

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