The Butler's Still Doin' It
One of the joys of this job is receiving calls/e-mails from long-ago players who are now succeeding in life; especially from those who faced difficult situations in their childhoods. Please take time to read this update on former Edison basketball player Terry Butler (class of 1983), a North Philly native who now lives in California. I asked Terry to write a little bit about his life and how he forged ahead. He had it back to me within 45 minutes. Thanks very much, Terry. It was great to hear from you! Continued success! -- Ted
LOOK BELOW TERRY'S NOTE FOR THE STORY
TED WROTE ABOUT HIM IN '83,
FOLLOWING A PLAYOFF WIN AT STRAWBERRY MANSION.
Remember . . . It's not where you're from. It's where you're going, and how determined you
are to get there.
was born at Temple University Hospital in Jan. 1965 and lived in North Philly
until age 18, when I joined the U.S. Army. I played in numerous summer and
winter leagues in the city from 16th and Susquehanna to 52nd and Parkside.
However, the league at 17th and Ingersoll was by far the toughest. Everyone from
Doug Overton to Hank Gathers played there back in the day. I grew
up around 16th and Stiles (Ted's note: that's in the shadows of St. Joseph's
Prep) and then moved up to 23rd and Cambria. I played for Mr. Nate Mask
and Mr. Leonard Poole at Gillespie Jr. High and then for Mr. Howard
Ratinoff at Edison. From there I joined the Army. I was stationed in
Weisbaden, West Germany, and our post team went on to win the 5th Corps
championship in 1984 before going on to lose the Armed Forces championship to an
Air Force team out of Ramstein Air Base. After my stint was up, I was back in
Philly, thinking about becoming a police officer, when I received a call from
Tyrell Cromwell and Warren Hawthorne, ex-Mastbaum players and
Division C rivals about coming out to California to play at Allan Hancock JC.
This college has a tradition of bringing out Philly players; they call it The
Philly Connection. I did come out and was able to earn first team All-Cal.
honors in 88-90 and third team JC All-American honors as well. I then signed
with the Univ. of Hawaii and later New Mexico State in the early 90's. I
currently coach the Santa Maria High School Saints. We are located in beautiful
Santa Barbara County. I am currently -- get this -- 42 years old and I've been
reading the Daily News for as long as I can remember. I also head on-campus
suspension, study hall, noon detention, and after-school detention for SMHS.
Also, I manage a six-bed group home for teenaged delinquents as well out here on
the Central Coast; we are located 175 miles north of Los Angeles and 80 miles
north of Santa Barbara.
I have one son, 15-month-old Terry Michael
Butler, and he will be the first kid drafted out of junior high and the
first billion-dollar contract signer. SMILE!
Thanks for e-mailing me back, Ted, and giving me this chance to "talk" to the kids coming up now. They need to know they can make it.
-- Terry Butler
P.S. -- I hope I did not write, and bore you, too much.
Terry may be contacted at email@example.com