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Who Remembers “Kutchener’s Country Club?”

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by Zachary Husser

Dear Family,

The below link takes Us into the life of Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain and it’s all good! For those that aren’t wise enough nor have the years, You might not remember Kutchener’s Country Club from back in the day. However, I remember it well because I visited the spot on several occasions because of my friendship with Jim McMillan and Heyward Dotson. Both of them were NBA prospects and played in several games at the infamous Catskills Resort. I first met Bob Lanier at the Country Club. I mention him because the Man was a huge guy with a size 23 sneaker. Bob stood out to me because of his size, but he was a great guy to know. Jim McMillan introduced to Us to one another. However, I remember Bob from our Columbia Team beating his St. Bonaventure team during our college playing days. I had a great time playing on the Columbia basketball team with some great guys. Those were the days!

So, make sure you take a look at the below link and you’ll get a little flavor about how professional and top college players played in some very competitive games at the Kutsher’s Country Club. In later years, the games at Kutsher’s became fundraising events to raise money for Maurice Stokes, a black player, that was paralyzed from a fall during a NBA game. The great Jack Twyman, a Cincinnati teammate of Stokes, led the charge to raise money for Stokes’ daily care. The Tywman/Stokes friendship between a white man and black man was the highlight of my early career dealing with Black/White issues. I saw that all white folk weren’t the same because of the loving relationship over decades between Jack Twynman and Maurice Stokes! I never saw pure love from one white man to a black man like the relationship between Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. As I state here, that relationship opened up my mind to a lot of things about relationships period!

In concluding, take a look at this link to get more information about Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman as well as the Kutsher’s Country Club. You’ll enjoy the piece about Wilt and the Twyman/Stokes relationship. The Maurice Stokes link. Let me know what you think!

Zachary Cornell Husser is a NY/NJ Community Organizer and member of the Columbia University men’s basketball teams of 1967–70. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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