Stephen Demorest and Larry Miller present LARRY MILLER TIME


Thursday, October 22, 6 pm (save your spot on Crowdcast here!)

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Larry Miller is the tough-as-nails, fun-loving, working class bad boy who in the 1960s saved young North Carolina coach Dean Smith's job by winning his first two ACC titles and a trip to the National Championship game. A two-time All American, Miller is still the only Tar Heel ever named ACC Player of the Year twice. He was also the first heartthrob of the modern ACC before moving on to become "the Joe Namath of the ABA," setting the pro league's All-Time Single Game scoring record. And then he simply disappeared.

Now, for the first time, North Carolina's foundational player shares priceless stories from the locker rooms, road trips, parties and fights of the teams that established Dean Smith's Tar Heel legacy…and from the raffish early days of modern pro basketball.

It's all here: The charm of yesteryear's tiny Catasauqua, Pa., where a high school hero's blue collar hunger made him the most coveted recruit in the nation… The bribes dangled by unscrupulous colleges… The mysterious pills that caused young Larry to skip his H.S. All America Award banquet… The time he risked getting thrown out of college to save a buddy… The party at Kentucky that was so wild Coach Smith threatened to yank the entire team's scholarships… The game that so impressed Pat Conroy that he later wrote in My Losing Season, "I will never forget the dark fire of Larry Miller" – unaware that just hours later Miller almost fell out of a thirteenth-floor window in a girls' dorm… The night he upstaged Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels in concert… How Coach Smith negotiated a monster pro contract for him… Why Larry skedaddled from UNC one credit shy of graduation to escape a Duke frame-up… The flower power years in LA, playing 1-on-1 with the great Jim Brown and his staff of naked Swedish girls, dating Clint Eastwood's secretary, winning "The Dating Game," and the scuttlebutt behind Wilt Chamberlain's claim of bedding 20,000 women… The chaotic management of the ABA and the dark side of colorful coach Bones McKinney… Wild times with the early creators of NASCAR, and how he "stole" a night honoring Richard Petty… The jinxed playboy pad where Miller and others nearly died… How he outsmarted his vindictive draft board… Decades of Dean Smith's letters still coaching his most beloved and wayward player… and much, much more.

Stephen Demorest is a six-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Writers Guild of America Award as head writer of the CBS daytime dramas Guiding Light and As the World Turns. He has also written for All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, and Another World, as well as writing a script for Law & Order. With Larry Miller Time, his expert ear for story is joined by a knack for uncovering the reclusive. As managing editor of the iconic rock magazine Circus, he interviewed and profiled scores of major rock stars. He flew with Led Zeppelin, and landed the first adult at-home interview with nineteen-year-old Michael Jackson. His work has appeared in such magazines as the New York Times, New York Daily News, Saturday Review, Travel & Leisure,  Andy Warhol’s Interview, and Rolling Stone. He is a Tar Heel by marriage, and this is his first sports book. Stephen and Nancy Demorest live in Hillsborough, NC. 
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Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781098304621
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Published: BookBaby - September 7th, 2020