Pro Basketball: Making the Giant Jolly

As the most commanding figure in all of pro sport, Wilton Norman Chamberlain, 29, just naturally has been discussed by physiologists, analyzed by psychologists, investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, and interviewed by newsmen, by his count, "more than 5,000" times. The body of literature devoted to his life and exploits runs to perhaps 2,000,000 words of prose and 200 of poetry, chock-full of such fascinating revelations as that he sleeps naked, trims his beard with fingernail scissors, has an IQ of 127 and hates the nickname "Wilt the Stilt." No one has seemed able to agree on two fairly...

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