I wrote an offbeat column in today's newspaper that you can find here -- a story about a game Pete Maravich played in Charlotte 40 years ago.
Maravich torched Clemson for 49 points on 22-of-30 shooting on Dec.20, 1969. By percentage, it was easily the best shooting night of his career, and that's saying something since Maravich remains the No.1 scorer in college basketball history.
The story came about as one of those fortuitous coincidences. Reporters here can access The Observer's archives by computer from the mid-1980s onward. So it's easy to look up something that happened only 25 years ago or less.
But the other stuff is tougher. You have to go to a microfilm machine and look through it, one page at a time. It's fascinating, though, because it shows you just the way the newspaper looked back then -- ads, headlines, pictures, everything.
About a year ago, I was looking for something else that happened in 1969, and now I can't even remember what it was. But I came upon the evidence of Maravich's game here -- something I had no idea about, and I've lived here 15 years myself.
Hmm, I thought. That might be a good story when we get to the 40th anniversary of that game.
Nearly 7,300 people went to the old Charlotte Coliseum to watch Maravich's LSU team play Clemson that night. Maravich beat the old Coliseum scoring record -- held at the time by Princeton's Bill Bradley -- by four points. And the tickets? How about this for a bargain -- $5 for adults, $2 for students.