The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, Dir. Joseph Manduke, 1979


Julius Erving sits in the driver seat of his Lincoln Continental Mark V and stares into the distance while the young white woman sitting next to him, who bears a striking resemblance to Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Sue Anderson, holds a compact mirror and applies more lipstick: “Here are the people who wished Dr. J a happy 29th birthday: his orthopedic surgeon, his dentist, the President of the New Jersey Nets, the Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent, his accountant, Bob McAdoo, David Thompson, Daryl Dawkins, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross, and an assortment of other hangers-on, fans, and associates. Here is who did not wish him a happy birthday: his mother, his sister, and his son.”

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