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Dean Smith, John Lotz, Larry Brown, 1965

A Thousand Words
By Jock Lauterer

Looking at my early photos from The Daily Tar Heel, it’s a wonder they kept me on. But sometimes, with the passage of time, content trumps poor quality, as in this fading image I found recently in a trunk unopened since the mid-’60s. A youthful UNC head basketball coach Dean Smith has a relaxed chat with his two assistant coaches, the late John Lotz, center, and Larry Brown, right. I’m guessing this was shot between games at the ACC Tournament at N.C. State University in March 1965. This also gives us a chance to give a shout-out to the Dean, who turned 80 on Feb. 28. Go Heels!

Do you have an important old photo that you value? Email your photo to jock@email.unc.edu and include the story behind the picture. Because every picture tells a story. And its worth? A thousand words.
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