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Forever showtime : the checkered life of Pistol Pete Maravich
Berger, Phil.
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Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Pub. Co., [1999]

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xi, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV884.M195 B47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Forever Showtime chronicles the life of Pistol Pete Maravich, a legendary college basketball player for LSU and NBA star for the Hawks, Jazz, and Celtics. Based on years of research and extensive interviews with those close to him, this book examines in equal measures Pete Maravich's rousing success on the hardwood and turbulent life of it.

Author Notes

Phil Berger, 1943 - 2001 Phil Berger was born in 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated with a BA from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Hollins College in 1965. He was best known for his books on sports and the sports industry, particularly basketball and boxing.

After graduating college, Berger began his career as a reporter at The Greenwich (Conn.) Times, then moved on to an associate editor position at Sport magazine. In 1986, after freelancing for a number of years, Berger became part of the New York Times reporting team. It was there that he discovered his love for boxing and basketball could be put to good use. While acting as a boxing reporter from 1986 to 1992, Berger wrote more than a dozen books, as well as a screenplay about boxing.

Berger's books were written in the spirit of sports, including titles such as "Knight Fall: The True Story Behind America's Most Controversial Coach, a story about basketball, and "Punch Lines: Berger on Boxing". He also wrote about comedy and mystery, as well as his job as a sportswriter for the Times.

Phil Berger died of colon cancer on March 12, 2001 at his home in Jackson Heights, Queens New York at the age of 58.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The late Pistol Pete Maravich was chosen recently as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. He compiled impressive statistics, but his legacy is more about style than stats--the no-look passes, the between-the-leg dribbles, the pageboy hair, and, of course, the trademark floppy socks. Berger, a former New York Times sportswriter, spends too much time on how many points Maravich scored in which game, but he has produced a serviceable biography of the flashiest of stars, who died from a heart attack at age 40 in 1988. The text follows Maravich's basketball-filled life (Pete's father was his coach at LSU), including not only the collegiate and pro successes but also the many frustrations. None of Maravich's college or pro teams were ever winners, and a combination of alcohol and women never seemed to take the place of championships. This is an uneven effort, but Berger does manage to at least glimpse the essential Maravich--a discontented showman and a basketball pioneer. For NBA fans who remember the past. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Forever Showtime is the biography of Pete Maravich, one of the National Basketball Association's 50 greatest players. His playing prowess and shooting skills were legendary: few pros were blessed with the ball handling abilities he possessed. In his account, Berger, an award-winning journalist, chronicles both Pistol Pete's on-court heroics as well as his often-turbulent life away from the game. A good read for basketball enthusiasts; recommended for all public libraries.--Larry Little, Penticton P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.