Senior editor David Bauer, who makes his debut as our College Basketball editor with this, our third special issue devoted to the sport, remembers exactly when he became a college hoops fan. In 1963, David, then 12, was living in Richardson, Texas. He and his friends played the proverbial two Texas sports: football and spring football. "We settled for basketball when we couldn't get enough kids to play football," says Bauer.
His family had moved to Texas from Chicago in 1955, but David's father, Calvin, had retained his Windy City allegiances. "He cheered for any team with Chicago in the name," says Bauer. "So when Loyola of Chicago played Cincinnati on TV for the '63 national title, he rooted for Loyola. Naturally, so did I, and I became a college basketball fan for life." Fittingly, one of the first things Bauer did for this issue was to assign senior writer Ron Fimrite to do a 25th anniversary retrospective on Loyola's improbable title team. Fimrite's story begins on page 106.
In 1968, Bauer matriculated at Dartmouth, where he majored in English and did his best to remain a college basketball fan as the Big Green went 47-55. But he does have fond memories of classmate Paul (Quake) Erland, who still holds the school season and career scoring records. Says Bauer, "Quake was the kind of guy who could drink 30 beers on Friday night and score 30 points on Saturday."
After graduation Bauer helped launch a Dallas city magazine called D. In 1981, D's parent company, Southwest Media Corp., purchased Sport, and Bauer became its editor. He joined SI last March.
The photo of Bauer is a preview of the photographs that accompany senior writer Alexander Wolff's story on the influx of junior college talent into the major colleges (page 6). The pictures are the joint effort of photographer Caryn Levy and artist Pierluigi Consagra. In a dark room with the shutter of Levy's camera open 1 to 2½ hours at a time, Consagra "drew" pictures in the air with penlights. Levy then photographed the subjects and combined them with the shots of Consagra's work.
Bauer is no stranger to bright lights. Three years ago he heard about an unusual musical being produced in London. The idea intrigued him, and he invested his modest savings. A stockbroker friend laughed when Bauer told him, saying Bauer should have put his money in the stock market. Well, Les Misèrables has been a smash for more than two years in London and eight months on Broadway. We all know what happened to the stock market.
The '63 NCAA final enlightened Bauer.
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