Local guys like Curt's lifelong pal, Levi Phillips, Mike "Twig" Jones, Tom Neal, the late, great Bobby Wesley, John Jividen, Joey Holland, Ned Tiley, Gary Monk, Steve Revercomb, Harry Carpenter, Tom and Lee Havorka, Dennis Harris, Monty Smith, Dickie Russell and Jimmy Smith were among the regulars who played.
One night shortly after Curt first joined us, I had the unenviable task of guarding him and being guarded by him.
I found that when I would go for a rebound, Curt would quickly pull down on my shirt or grab my arm to gain leverage and keep me from getting to the ball.
I was stunned and told Levi about it and said something like, "Man, surely he doesn't need to do that to me."
Levi just laughed and said:
"That's just Curt; he usually guarded the best offensive player and drove them crazy with his sneaky pulls and tugs; the refs rarely caught him."
I felt better after that.
"The King" is a classic.
J. Timothy DiPiero
DiPiero is a lawyer with DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley & Simmons, PLLC in Charleston.