‘Coach: how one footballer shaped 5 Billion Cellphones’ by Mark Bennett Weiss, with help from The Leon Levy Center

E8906CC6-4E03-48A7-86EC-9143ED71E05AIn addition to advising Steve Jobs and other high tech CEOs, former Columbia University Center and Linebacker and Coach William Campbell ‘61 also funded The Old Pro in Palo Alto where thousands of beers also fueled thousands more ideas: Facebook had a mixer there just this week, Friday, December 1, 2018.

I met Bill summer, 1983, his first week in Silicon Valley, when he bought a maroon Chevy Celebrity, from my dads lot, Key Chevrolet, 2 miles from Apple.

The last time I spoke to him was at The Old Pro; I suggested a prize in honor of coach Ben Parks.

I did not know him well enough to attend his wake but stood on the sidewalk outside the event, on Ramona Street and traded “good luck” with Al Gore, The would be President, as he slipped out after his eulogy.

It would be interesting to get 100 takes on the Bill Campbell story and legend.

I told a version of this yesterday to Mark and Will, two Northwestern /GSBs, there to watch Big Ten title game. We noted a similarity between Campbell and Pat Fitzgerald, the Wildcat living legend and coach. Their crew were camped under the Jim “Soupy” Campbell shrine.

edit to add, the next day: if not Bill Campbell, how about a book about Paul J. Cohen?

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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