1. Thursday, July 28, 2011

    when i was a kid there were two books i was obsessed with 

    “the babe ruth story”, and “in the center: kareem abdul-jabbar”

    i read them both over and over.

    so imagine how great it was to get a call that kareem wanted to blog for us, six weeks into my new gig.

    the blogosphere was excited too. kareem is the nbas all time leading scorer. even more points than jordan.

    not every celebrity is cut out to blog, but kareem has penned several books of varied topics,

    he’s a world traveler, a jazz enthusiast, and someone who people love so he hears and sees everything.

    he wrote almost every day for a little while there and because he knows everyone,

    when herbie hancock won a bunch of grammys, next day there was kareem talking about herbie, with a pic of the two of them.

    when the giants won the super bowl, not only did kareem have a post with a pic of him and both manning bros.

    but he explained that he wears #33 because his favorite football player as a kid

    was a black blocking back for the NY football Giants.

    and he wasnt afraid to write about controversial subjects like barack obama and rev wright.

    on one hand blogging celebs can write about so much out of their experience,

    but on the other hand actual important peeps like the captain are busy trying to win rings for the lakers

    i love this picture because it is of kareem learning typepad from two of our tech folk, isabel and josh.

    isabel, strangely enough, was laid-off a few weeks after this picture was taken, and went on to work for kareem for a little while, redesigning his website. later she married tom brady. jk.

    josh was wooed away a few years ago, and recently he helped redesign this very busblog along with former timeser gregg.

    i believe it was josh who suggested we call it: Kareem Abdul-Jabblog.

    lindsay has some funny stories to tell about that blog too.

    we had other celebs blog for us, former olympians wrote on our olympics blog,

    pau gasol blogged during the playoffs

    and just this fall steelers wide receiver  hines ward blogged as he participated and won abc’s dancing with the stars.

    kareem is in terrific shape, looks 20 years younger than he should, and i believe his was the first blog we launched under my tyrannical reign.

    im glad the times keeps its retired blogs online. thats true web 2.0. and you get to see our old design and how much better the redesign is now.