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Deep Thoughts by Johnny Most

KWAPT September 4, 2011 Uncategorized 6 Comments

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So there is this thrift store at the top of my street that I peruse for books occaisionally. One of the last times I was in there, I found a copy of “The NBA at 50″ autographed by Hall of Famer Paul Arizin. I recently stumbled upon a rare book by legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most.

It’s titled “Johnny Most, Feelings, Private Thoughts and Poems.” It was published in 1992 and there were only 1,000 copies printed. Most shares his thoughts and feelings on topics such as same-sex relationships, his time with the Air Force in WWII and NBA “superstars.” 

Most was the voice of the Celtics for Boston radio from 1953 to 1990. He was admired by fans and players for his passionate approach to broadcasting and his sheer toughness that helped him get through numerous major surgeries and medical issues. In 1990, he suffered a stroke and went through bypass surgery thus having to finally retire. Johnny passed away in 1993 after suffering a heart attack.

Here are some excerpts from the book:

LOVE:

Is just an irritation of the heart and groin

GAY LIB:

He loves him, she loves her. I guess that’s better than nothing at all

OUR WORLD: 

Look around you. I did. And it’s awful

THE SUPERSTAR:

The superstar overwhelmed by his own image kneels before his wallet and bank book and prays

MORNING:

Each morning when I wake and my staff is erect I wonder if my dormant passions have been aroused or my kidneys are full

  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    The last one is just flat out awesome

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pricehook44 Ainge still lives

    Me-no-hatee

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    I’m a book dealer and didnt know about this one. Johnny was one of a kind for sure. I just did a little checking and that book starts at 100.00 on Amazon….nice find Kwapt!
    The last time I saw Johnny was at a game up in Portland, Oregon….he gave me 5 bucks to go get him a pack of Merits and then said hi to my grandmother in Lynnfield during the game. My cousin still does a wicked good Johnny Most impression.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Thanks Lee..yes I was amazed too that I found it. This woman down the street from me has a thrift store with thousands of books. I looked this up as well and saw it on Amazon for around $100 also. Going to post some more stuff from it soon as it’s just fantastic.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jtshoopsblog Jtshoopsblog

    LOVE:
    Is just an irritation of the heart and groin
    (SO VERY TRUE!!!)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    He was the greatest “Homer” in the history of pro sports, in comparison made Tommy look like an impartial bystander! He seemed to have little respect for that “fat bastard” Ordway, which played pretty well on the air-waves. He certainly was a great play-by-play man, most of us back then watched the games on channel 38 with the sound turned off the TV, and with Johnny’s call from the radio.