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Fearrington Village, NC - Special Olympics World Games 1999
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My friend Richard Calvanese from "the old neighborhood" in Springfield, Mass. He's a CPA and one of many who took time off from their businesses to volunteer to officiate the SO World Games.

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Billy Crystal served as MC for the gala opening ceremonies - his best line... "Not many people know that {Duke basketball} Coach Krzyzewski's name is worth 10,000 points in Scrabble."

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We drew a small crowd to NC State's Carter-Finley Stadium (more than 55,000 athletes, family members, officials, sponsors, and guests). Maya Angelou inspired with a reading, NBA star Grant Hill addressed the athletes, Stevie Wonder entertained and Kathy Ireland, well, she was just Kathy Ireland, and that was enough.


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Arnold was in the house (with lovely spouse Maria Shriver) before he became the Governator.


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Even a Blue Angels flyover.


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Yes, I was one of the volunteers {I wish I could locate that hat}.


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Lots of temporary stone dust courts were set up. We battled rain and overcast skies a couple days, and high temperatures and bright sunlight on others.


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Officials in white, other volunteers in gold. Note red and green flags to indicate who plays next - helps with the language barrier in international play. {Also helps in any venue where either acoustics and/or participant's hearing are not so good.}


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Look how smart these volunteers are - all reading the first edition of my book! It was "hot off the press" at that time.
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We learned that body English was just as important at the World Games as it is in our own leagues.


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That's what I'm talkin' about!


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You go, girl!


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Athletes from all over the world descended on the Raleigh-Durham, NC area to compete.


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Standard steel tape measures were used by the referees.


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These athletes (New Zealand, I think) had the most sought after hats for trading.


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Medal ceremony.


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Pin trading is big business hereabouts.


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Ah yes, I remember these well.


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Closing ceremonies were at Duke University.


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The closing cermonies were just as much a gala event as the opening ceremonies.


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The 1999 Special Olympics World Games concluded with a world class fireworks display.

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