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Abraham Aamidor a staff writer for a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, has has reported for The Champaign-Urbana NewsGazette and Gazette and Gazette The St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He is author of Real Feature Writing (1999) and editor of Real Sports Reporting (Indiana University Press, 2003). He’s the name on the label of the legendary Converse All Star basketball shoe. Though the shoe has been worn by hundreds of millions, few people know much, if anything, about the man behind the name. Some may even believe that there was no such man, even believe that there was no such man, that he was a marketer’s fabrication like Betty Crocker. But “Chuck Taylor” was more than a rubber-soled, double-wall, canvas-body athletic shoe with a circular canvas-body athletic shoe with a circular ankle patch with a bright blue star in the middle and a signature across it. He may not have been a Michael Jordan, but he did earn the right to be the face behind did earn the right to be the face behind the most popular shoe in basketball. For this rst-ever biography, Abraham Aamidor went on a three-year quest to learn the true story of Chuck Taylor. The search took him across the country, tracking down numerous leads, and separating truth from legend—and and separating truth from legend—and discovering that the real man, warts and “Die-hard basketball fans, especially fans of Hoosier basketball, will love this book. But even saner folk will find the book entertaining as well as enlightening. Aamidor secures the place of Chuck Taylor in the history of basketball.” —Murray Sperber, author of Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football 1-800-842-6796 $21.95 $21.95 $21.95 “He gave his life to basketball, and many in basketball shared their knowledge and love of the game with him. . . . He was indeed a man of basketball.” —from the foreword by Dean Smith Sports Biography all, was much more interesting than the myth. He found Chuck involved with “industrial league” basketball in the “industrial league” basketball in the 1920s, as a wartime coach with the Army Air Force, and organizing basketball clinic after clinic. He was a true “ambassador of basketball” in Europe “ambassador of basketball” in Europe and South America as well as all over the United States. And he was, to be sure, a consummate marketing genius, being elected to the Sporting Goods being elected to the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame before his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Aamidor’s biography makes it clear that he belongs in both. Chuck Taylor, All Star 00ChuckFM.indd 11/18/05, 2:59 PM 1 00ChuckFM.indd 11/18/05, 2:59 PM 2 ...


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