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Thursday, October 14

Novotny remembers Chamberlain

Out behind Carruth-O'Leary Hall, then a Kansas University dormitory, stood three of KU's most decorated athletes -- Bill Nieder, Al Oerter and Wilt Chamberlain. It was an autumn night in 1956 and the trio had assembled to determine who could put a 16-pound shot the greatest distance.

Wednesday, October 13

Wilt's last trip to Lawrence

Wilt Chamberlain made a lot of friends during his trip to Lawrence for his No. 13 jersey retirement celebration.

How do you deal with Goliath?

Wilt Chamberlain was scary, flat-out frightening. That's because before he came along, most basketball players were mortal-sized men. Chamberlain changed that.

'Wilt the Stilt' dies at 63

Opponents thought he was unstoppable. One teammate called him indestructible. But Wilt Chamberlain was mortal after all. The former Kansas University All-American and NBA legend died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 63.

Tuesday, October 12

Big Dipper will be missed by Kansas teammates

Joe Ruklick, a Philadelphia Warriors teammate of Wilt Chamberlain says the Big Dipper stood exactly "7-foot-1 and 1/8th."