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Buss Was a Good, Old-Fashioned Fan

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My first encounter with Jerry Buss occurred in his private box high atop the Fabulous Forum during a Lakers game in 1983.

 

I was a high school senior at the time, and somehow, someway I'd convinced then-Lakers public relations director Josh Rosenfeld that a feature story on Buss, the club's dashing owner, would be the perfect anchor to my high school newspaper's upcoming edition.

 

Bless his heart, Buss, obliged, welcoming me into his box with a rum and coke in one hand and a gorgeous blonde in the other. I made a curious mental note that she looked a whole lot closer to my age than his, but then reminded myself when you're rich enough to own the World Champion Lakers and the sparkling arena they play in, your rules of engagement are quite a bit...

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