September 21, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Meet Billy ‘The Hill’ Co-Authors At Santa Monica Main Library This Thursday:

Santa Monica Public Library will present Billy McGill and Eric Brach, co-authors of the book “Billy ‘the Hill’ and the Jump Hook: The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend,” this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 pm in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

McGill rose from pickup games in the streets of Los Angeles to record-breaking seasons as the first African American to play basketball for the University of Utah.  

As the first pick of the 1962 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, McGill was well on his way to becoming a basketball superstar.

Instead, plagued by an old high school injury, McGill spent the next five years bouncing from team to team in the NBA and American Basketball Association (ABA) until his career faded away and he found himself homeless in Los Angeles.  

Now 50 years later, McGill’s inspirational story is being told.  

A presentation including vintage film footage and audience Q&A will be followed by a book sale and signing.

McGill, a three-time All-American basketball player, led the nation in scoring at the University of Utah and played for the Chicago Zephyrs and N.Y. Knicks. A member of the Utah and the Los Angeles Sports Halls of Fame, McGill is also credited with inventing the jump hook shot. He is retired from Hughes Aircraft, where he worked for many years.

Brach is a lecturer in English at California State University-Dominguez Hills and West L.A. College.  

His publishing credits include the screenplay for “Mushroom Men” for Nintendo Wii and hundreds of articles in national publications including the sports website Bleacher Report.

Thursday’s event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. For more information on Santa Monica Public Library programs, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at 310.458.8600.

in News
Related Posts

4.6 Quake Felt in Santa Monica

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Mansion For Rent On AirBnb

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Airbnb is renting out the mansion for...

SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% : Santa Monica Beat – September, 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% * As Covid-19 Cases Drop Will...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Sur La Table Closing Santa Monica Location

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

1930s building listed for lease By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table, the popular kitchenware retail chain, is closing its downtown...

Death by Suicide at Santa Monica Place

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Man dies by suicide Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide at Santa Monica Place mall Wednesday....

Santa Monica Partners With Local Elementary Schools to Provide More Outdoor Spaces

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Playground Partnership agreement goes live By Toi Creel The City of Santa Monica and local schools are working together to...

Charges Filed Against Man for Sexually Assaulting Elderly Victims

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Juan Victor Mendoza faces four felony charges Prosecutors have filed charges against a man for sexually assaulting elderly victims at...

COVID-19 Continues to Decrease in County but Air Quality Reducing Testing

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Smoke advisory in effect through Wednesday By Sam Catanzaro While COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Los Angeles County, health...

Edify TV: Westsiders Working out Amid Poor Air Quality

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects: Santa Monica Beat – September, 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Police Searching For Robbery Suspects * Should School Board Representatives Have...