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Updated: March 9, 2011, 5:00 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

"Maaaaaaaaaaaatthewwwwwwwww."

Even though my name is only two syllables, he always stretched it out so that it almost sounded like four, in that unmistakable drawl of his.

"Maaaaaaaaaaaatthewwwwwwwww," he would say as he chomped on his cigar and adjusted his trademark ten-gallon hat. "Come philosophize with your old uncle." And, with a huge smile on my face, I would walk into his office and do just that.

My great-uncle Lester Gold was 88 years old when he ...

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