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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 11/02/2010 12:32 PM

    What are yours?
    A few recollections over at the Columbian...good reads, here's a few:
    I must have been about 12 or so when I met Maurice Lucas. He was signing autographs at a photo supply shop in Gresham, Ore., and a horde of kids swarmed around this giant of a man. He seemed to enjoy every minute of it, though, smiling, laughing and making conversation with us kids as if HE was the one meeting special people.

    A few years later, our paths crossed again while he was in his last year with the Sonics. I saw him walking with other NBA players in downtown Seattle the night before the 1987 All-Star Game. Like an idiot, I said, “Hey, Maurice,” as if he was supposed to know who I was, but he played right along, waving and saying hello.

    — Dave Magnuson, copy editor

     As an 11-year-old in Salem, Ore., any Trail Blazer who came to town and sign autographs was a big deal. I had to be there.

    Maurice Lucas came to downtown Salem for the opening of a new bank and I had mom drive me and some friends to this bank. I recall a small mob from the moment he arrived, but got my autograph and a picture sitting next to the Blazers star.

    As he signed the inside cover of my scrapbook he noticed the two other signatures. One was teammate Lionel Hollins.

    “Hey. Who’s this other guy?” came the next question.

    “Oh, that’s my best friend,” I replied. “We signed each other’s books.”

    Lucas laughed.

    After tearing up my garage Monday morning I found the scrapbook Lucas autographed and the picture that was taken that day back in 1979.

    This scrapbook also revealed the many games I attended as a kid at the Memorial Coliseum.

    I saw a game in person where Lucas returned to the Blazers lineup after a lengthy injury, and I also was at the game where Lucas made his first return to the MC as a member of the New Jersey Nets. The cheers both times were tremendous.

    — Jeff Klein, sports copy editor

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