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'GENIUS IS PERSEVERANCE IN DISGUISE'
Douglas S. Looney
March 30, 1981
Irrepressible Mike Newlin of the New Jersey Nets believes in making the most of his time, on and off the court
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March 30, 1981

'genius Is Perseverance In Disguise'

Irrepressible Mike Newlin of the New Jersey Nets believes in making the most of his time, on and off the court

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Over the cherry pie—"I bet this is better than the apple would've been"—the conversation drifts to things other than basketball: Newlin's interest in Ancient Greek history, the Civil War, espionage, computers, juggling, real estate, archery. Right now he is deeply involved in Bible study, but only as an academic pursuit. "I'm not religious, I'm a Biblicist," he says. "All the Bible is is a treatise on how to live life. It's just like any Parker Brothers game. The rules are on the box top." Soon he plans to learn Hebrew and Greek so he'll be able to read the original versions of the Bible. Why? "These days the translations are fraught with Victorian and Elizabethan thinking," he says.

The cherry pie finished, Newlin suddenly brings the meal to a close with a clap of his hands. Then he announces, "Now we're going to have some real fun. Guess what we get to do? Put on our hats."

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