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Talking to Boy Scouts, Curt Gowdy a thrill

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

Dec. 16, 2004
I always enjoy the speaking engagements I have all over America. It's a great opportunity to discuss my feelings on various topics, and it's a thrill to meet so many great people.

I was glad to speak before the Gulfstream Council of the Boy Scouts of America earlier this week. They serve about 25,000 Boy Scouts in the Palm Beach County (Florida) area, and I had a real thrill at the event when I was able to speak with two sports greats.

First, legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy showed up at the event. I was so honored a few years back when the Basketball Hall of Fame honored me with the award named after Gowdy. I remember watching him for years calling college basketball, and it was a real thrill to have him appear at this event.

I also got to meet America's Cup legend Bill Koch, a man who has skippered the winning yacht in the past.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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