Dr. Frances J. Sweeney

In the course of writing any nonfiction book, we come across people who, while not essential to the story, fascinate us with their presence and their impact on the those who knew them. Dr. Frances J. Sweeney, “Doc” Sweeney, was the Manhattan College team physician for all sports. We will get to his personality in […]

Article written for the Pan Am Historical Society

The following is an excerpt from my article for The Pan Am Historical Society: “The Man Who Saved Basketball” Who am I, and why would I be addressing World Wings International and the Pan Am Historical Foundation with an article about basketball? Even if you are not a sports fan, I think you will love […]

Who Was David “Pete” Glazer?

David “Pete” Glazer touched — and was touched — by Junius Kellogg. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia (he lived on Grayson Street) he devoted his life to the media, media relations and social justice. Born in 1916, about a decade before the birth of Junius Kellogg, Glazer witnessed Portsmouth go off to war (he was […]

The Civil Servant who Served the Poor

Junius Kellogg lived a life filled with connections. For a man who couldn’t gain access to a lot of places due to life in a pre-ADA world, he managed to show up just about everywhere and made connections all over New York City. In future posts, I’ll be discussing more of the connections he made […]

What Breaks a Man

I came across a picture of Theodore Roosevelt Kellogg, Junius’ father, not all that long ago. He could not have been too old, possibly in his late 20s, or early 30s, all decked out for a portrait. The “snapshot” does not reveal the man’s size (about 6″ 2″) nor his massive body. Junius once described […]

Remembering the Fallen

As Yom Kippur has just passed, it would be wrong for me to neglect a book I completed a few years back, “Jewish Aviators in WWII.” The book, from start to finish, was a joy to write and also an extremely frustrating experience. I was inspired to tackle the project by an uncle who was […]

Junius and the Ft.Dix Indians

Considering that Junius Kellogg attended a segregated high school in Portsmouth, Virginia, and considering that his “gym” was an outdoor basketball court made of packed earth and cinders, he was even more of an amazing athlete than history has credited. He did not play organized basketball until his senior year at I.C. Norcom High School. […]

Coach Kellogg of the Pan Am Jets

The Pan Am Historical Foundation requested a brief article based on Junius Kellogg’s contributions to the Pan Am Jets wheelchair basketball team. I have reproduced it in its entirety: “Who am I, and why would I be addressing World Wings International and the Pan Am Historical Foundation with an article about basketball? Even if you […]

Chryslers on My Mind

It started off innocently enough in early April 1954. Junius Kellogg and his Harlem Globetrotters teammate Boyd Buie, “The One-Armed Wonder,” decided to travel down to the Pine Bluff, Arkansas area to do some barnstorming. It was common practice in those days to mix in a few pro’s with amateurs and to take on the […]