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Dick Vitale


1939 Born June 9 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
1963-64 Coaches Garfield High School in New Jersey
1964-70 Coaches East Rutherford (N.J.) High School
1970-72 Assistant coach, Rutgers University
1973-77 Head coach, University of Detroit
1977 Named athletic director, University of Detroit
1978-79 Coaches Detroit Pistons of NBA
1979 Calls ESPN's first-ever basketball game, Wisconsin at DePaul
1983-84 Works NBA games on ESPN
1988 Makes first of several cameo movie appearances as himself, in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad
1988 Begins analyst work for ABC Sports
1991 Begins as guest columnist for USA Today
1991 ESPN airs Vitale special, The Game of Life
1994 ESPN airs Vitale special, Game Plan for Life
1996 Subject of David Letterman Top-10 list—"Top 10 Signs Dick Vitale Is Nuts!" Vitale himself reads the list on the show
1999 Subject of profile on HBO's Real Sports
2000 Fireman saves Vitale from choking at Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball game
2002 Controversy surrounds ESPN decision to televise high school basketball games featuring college prospect LeBron James, and assign Vitale to telecasts

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