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'The Kids Got it Right' Debut Party slated Aug. 17

PALESTINE, August 13, 2013--New York Times best-selling author Jim Dent will debut his new book, The Kids Got It Right, Saturday night, August 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Ben E. Keith Budweiser Distributorship at 2019 W. Oak Street, in Palestine. Dent will be joined by the two main characters in his book, Bill Bradley and Jerry LeVias. Dent, Bradley and LeVias will speak and sign books.

Bradley was the quarterback on the 1964 Palestine state championship that roared from behind to beat Wichita Falls Hirschi in the semi-finals. It remains one of the most memorable games in the history of Texas high school football. Bradley started at quarterback for three seasons at the University of Texas, where he was known as “Super Bill’’ Bradley. He made the Pro Bowl four times as a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles.

LeVias became the first black scholarship athlete in the history of the Southwest Conference in 1966. He made All-American his senior season and is remembered as one of the best receivers in the history of the league. He played six seasons of pro football with the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He made the All-AFL team in 1969.

The Kids Got It Right is the story of how Bradley and LeVias met at the 1965 Big 33 high all-star game between Texas and Pennsylvania. This was during a time of racial division in sports, when almost every high school football team in Texas was either all-black or all-white. When none of the white players would room with LeVias, Bradley volunteered. The two became roommates and the best of friends. With the Texas team trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, Bradley entered the game at quarterback and began throwing deep passes to LeVias. One of the most exciting high school games ever was not decided until the fourth quarter.

The book debut party inside the community room at Ben E. Keith is free and open to the public. Budweiser will serve complimentary beer and wine and St. Martin’s Press will cover the cost for food. Those attending must be 21-years-old to enter the party. It will last from 6-9 p.m.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke to author Jim Dent, and Bill Bradley, one of the athletes featured in the book. Click below for interviews.

Interview with Jim Dent

Interview with Bill Bradley

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