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April 07, 2008

The Brink Of Success

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The Brink Of Success

The NCAA men's basketball championship will be played tonight. While many elite college basketball players strive for the pros, few ever make it. Mack Cleveland is one of the thousands who didn't.

Mack was a true basketball talent. In high school, he was recruited by college basketball powerhouses like Arizona and Michigan State. But he couldn't get along with his coaches and was benched for much of his senior season. He played college ball, but lost his chance to play for the NBA.

Mack has found his calling now in working with kids who have the same issues he had. One of the young prospects Mack has helped is Ivan Johnson. Mack and Ivan talk with Dick Gordon about finding their way in the world of basketball, and about the lessons they've learned from each other.

"Naughty Boy"

This photograph recently caused some controversy and a few smirks in Europe: a nude photograph of Simone de Beauvoir. The photo was taken by Art Shay. Art was a paparazzi before the term was even invented. In 1952, he took the nude shot of Simone de Beauvoir, who didn't know he'd taken it. "Naughty boy," she said after she heard the 'click'. Art didn't publish the photograph until 2000. It was recently republished in a French magazine and that's why tongues are wagging.


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