< Back to Front Page Text size +

A memory of DJ

Posted by Martin Finucane March 10, 2007 08:49 AM

In case you missed it, here's a Letter to the Editor from Leah Leeder of Newton that was published yesterday. It's about a chance encounter with the late great Dennis Johnson in an airpot.

Several years ago I was in Logan Airport, waiting to pass through the security gate. The man in front of me -- a well-dressed, very tall African-American -- passed through the gate, which did not react with beeping. Immediately, three security personnel surrounded him and would not let him walk away.

After I walked through uneventfully, I went over to him and said, "On behalf of all open-minded and accepting Americans, I want to apologize for the behavior of those security guards. I think it is shameful in this day and age for a black man to be persecuted simply because he is well dressed."

The man looked at me and smiled, and said, "You don't know who I am, do you?"

"Should I?"

"My name is Dennis Johnson."

"The Dennis Johnson, DJ of the Celtics, Dennis Johnson?" I answered with my mouth agape.

He smiled and insisted that I stop apologizing for the misunderstanding.

We sat for 20 minutes and had coffee until he was called to his flight, and he was so approachable that I forgot to even get an autograph or some proof of the event.

Dennis Johnson died last month at age 52. I am sorry for his early exit from the game of life. He was an inspirational player and a mensch.

add your comment
Required
Required (will not be published)

This blogger might want to review your comment before posting it.

About globe west updates Welcome to Globe West Updates, the news blog of the Globe West regional section of The Boston Globe. Check in with us often to see updated items about Boston's western suburbs from our staff reporters and correspondents. Give us your reaction to our stories in the print editions or on the blog by using the form below. Get involved with Globe West!
archives