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A Larger Than Life Basketball Player and Community Activist

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A friend of mine sent me this video and I thought it was worth sharing given all the current angst and controversy surrounding back lives and interaction between police. and the public.

Shaq’s footprint on American culture was not confined to the basketball court. In1993, he began to compose music. He released five studio albums and one compilation album. One critic credited him with “progressing as a rapper in small steps, not leaps and bounds.” He also appeared in films such as “Blue Chips” and “Kazaam.”It was O’Neal’s lopsided smile and outsize personality that helped him transcend sport off the court. ESPN columnist Michael Wilbon said it best when he wrote: “Shaq had an understanding that sports is showbiz and what his place is in that universe,” says Chris Corbellini, senior sports writer at The Daily. “The guy may have been intimidating to a lot of NBA players, but fans will probably remember him for his smile and acting like a little kid in a giant’s body.

The ex-All-Star center frequently donates time and money to charitable causes, including $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club of America to create technology centers in Clubs nationwide, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation.

And another human story on Shaq.

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I grew up in New Zealand and up until I left, a genuine Kiwi. I moved to the Land of OZ (Australia) when I was 22 where I worked until moving to New Guinea. A year and a half of working in sweltering tropical heat was enough for me and I moved back to NZ. Suffering from wandering feet, I emigrated to Canada in 1969, living and working in Vancouver with some time spent working in a mine in Northern BC. After a short spell in Vancouver, I moved to California where I enjoyed surfing and the CA lifestyle.  After 6 months of the good times, I moved back to Vancouver where I ended up getting married,  settled down, fathered 3 great kids who  in turn have provided me with two wonderful grandchildren. In my working life, I have been a mechanic, a welder, an auto dealership owner, a TV producer, production manager,  marketing and sales management, an insurance specialist, owned my own insurance agency, and ran my own business consulting agency for the last 8 years. Combined with this trade, I have been writing short stories, a half dozen children's books, two film scripts, numerous business, and marketing plans, blogging and writing online articles, and generally having fun. I love writing and love feedback, good or bad - or indifferent. I love researching, learning, reading, good conversation, debating, and challenges. My hobbies are sailing, playing the guitar, reading, green travel and genealogy. What is the most important thing in my life?  Family and the environment.     
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Michelle Patterson prides herself on her random pop culture knowledge. She finds great joy in all things horror related and tries to enjoy movies on a weekly basis. If she's not at the theater, she can be found at a convention or a concert. She is passionate about helping people around her that taking care of their mental health is as important as their physical health as well as today's current political climate. To connect with her more, check out her Instagram, her Twitter, her Facebook page, or her website.

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