Taking a Stand
by Mark Chmiel
“The maddest I’d ever seen him was the day
he came to bail me out of jail
after a peace rally at UCLA.
Driving me home, he was in my face.
‘How can you do this?
How can you let everybody down?’
I told him, ‘Coach, I have friends
coming back from Vietnam in body bags.’
He told me I was right about the war,
but I was going about it the wrong way,
that I should write letters.”
–former UCLA basketball player Bill Walton on Coach John Wooden