Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Globetrotters Change Faces but Keep Same Message

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Globetrotters Change Faces but Keep Same Message

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The Harlem Globetrotters have survived 68 years because of their tricks.

So it was no surprise recently when one of the red-white-and-blue wonders was able to hush 300 talking heads at Wilkinson Elementary School in St. Louis. Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown simply raised his hand, and the students screamed his nickname, then grew silent.

Brown performed some old dribbling tricks in an effort to catch the childrens' attention. Once he did that, he talked to them about the importance of staying in school.

"Kids this age, anywhere from 3 to 5, see the Globetrotters and look at the magical things we do, and it's all good," Brown said. "But to come in here and try to talk to them about education is a plus."

Many of the Globetrotters are doing likewise during their Christmas vacation, which began in early December when the team completed its tour of Japan and Hawaii. Brown was in St. Louis to promote the Harlem Globetrotters' exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Kiel Center. The stop is one of 150 on the Globetrotters' "Salutes The Family" tour.

The Globetrotters' 1995 campaign

will be the end of an era as fans say goodbye to "Sweet Lou" Dunbar, who is retiring as "Clown Prince of Basketball." But it might be the start of an era, too: Former NBA player Darryl Dawkins has been added to the roster.

"We're going to try to bring out some more former NBA players," Brown said. "And in 1995, we're going to play former NBA stars" in the International All-Stars Tour.

The Globetrotters will be working off the court, too. John Davis, producer of the "The Firm" and "Grumpy Old Men", was hired to work with the team for a Columbia Pictures project titled, "The Harlem Globetrotters Story."

The team also will be making appearances at "Success By 6" early childhood development centers, a Globetrotters charity. …

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