A meeting with one of the best – Bill Russell


Last updated 8/12/2022 at 10:24am

Bill Russell and Mill Creek Beacon columnist Chuck Wright in May 1980.

In May 1980, Mill Creek Beacon columnist Chuck Wright was lucky enough to meet basketball legend Bill Russell, who died July 31 at age 88.

"I was the chair of a conference put on by the Washington Correction Association," Wright said. "We had the conference in Bellevue. After I presented Bill with a recognition plaque for his community involvement, we started talking."

Russell, a longtime Mercer Island resident, was an 11-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer.

"Thank you, Bill, for not only changing the way basketball is played but for being a leader off the hardwood," Wright said.


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