Yesterday I drove through French Lick, Indiana. It’s not a big town—under 2 square miles and under 2,000 residents. But it is a town I wanted to visit for several decades now as it’s the hometown of Larry Bird. The great Hall-of-Fame basketball player isn’t a screenwriter, but he does strike at a major theme of this blog—talent comes from everywhere.
And Bird did just rise up from a small town in Indiana to excel playing professional basketball for the Boston Celtics, according to Wikipedia, “he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.” And though he retired more than 20 years ago from playing, he still has an impact on the world as the second incarnation of the Twitter bird was named “Larry the Bird”, in honor of Larry Bird. Once nicknamed, “The Hick from French Lick”—he’s done okay with his small town roots.
From French Lick, Indiana. Technically, he played high school in French Lick, but he was born in the next town over West Baden, IN. Below is a photo from West Baden Springs Resort which has the most amazing atrium I’m ever seen in a hotel. It was once called the eighth wonder of the world.”