Friday, June 22, 2007

Maravich turns 60

By Wayne Federman and Marshall Terrill
In collaboration with Jackie Maravich

The Ultimate Maravich highlight video creates Internet sensation.
Pistol Pete’s 60th birthday approaches.

To help demonstrate the basketball artistry of Pistol Pete Maravich to a new generation of sports fans, Wayne Federman, one of the co-authors of MARAVICH created a compilation of rare film and video clips and uploaded it to YouTube, Yahoo, Google Video, and other sites. The Ultimate Pistol Pete Maravich MIX became an Internet phenomenon. It just passed over one million views, and still generates about four thousand hits a day.

“Click this,” gushed Sports Illustrated (March 9, 2007). “A reminder of what made him so mind-blowing in the first place.”
“The dopest ball handling/passing/shooting clinics you’ll ever see from one person in six and one half minutes,” added DIME Magazine (May 2007).

Pete Maravich, who would have turned sixty on June 22, is the subject of two new biographies, but MARAVICH was written with the full cooperation of Pete’s immediate family. After staying silent for two decades, Maravich's widow, Jackie, provided unfettered access to the family’s private archives with authors Wayne Federman and Marshall Terrill. The two first examined Pete Maravich’s scrapbooks, films, letters, calendars, diaries, and photographs. Then they scoured thousands of newspaper articles, hundreds of game logs, and interviewed over 300 teammates, opponents, journalists, coaches, detractors, fans, and extended family. The project took nearly six years to complete.

The result was MARAVICH, easily the most comprehensive, personal, and detailed account of Maravich’s life. It is, according to ESPN, “the definitive biography of Pistol Pete Maravich.” And now, twenty years after his death, Maravich continues to thrill and inspire

“I have a lot of Pistol Pete in my game,” admits two-time MVP Steve Nash.
“I learned all my tricks from Pistol Pete,” says Kobe Bryant.
“He was so deceptive with the ball and that’s what I wanted to be: the guy who could fool you with the basketball,” says Houston Rocket’s guard Rafer Alston.

MARAVICH also includes a comprehensive appendix of Pete Maravich statistics, including what the NY Times called, “the single most convincing statistical refutation of the charge that Maravich was a selfish gunner...”

“This book is incredible,” gushed NBA Hall-of Famer Bill Walton. “I was blown away. The amount of research that Federman and Terrill did is staggering.”

Wayne Federman (author) 310 657-0405
Jeff Abraham (Jonas Public Relations) 310 656-3355

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