Twenty-five years later the three subs who helped Wilt score 100 points are out of the public eye. Larese, now 48, is a promotions manager for Puma U.S.A.; Luckenbill, 47, is national sales manager for Tratech, a luxury-van conversion company in Fort Worth; and Ruklick, 48, is an investment counselor in Chicago. But they still share a bond of accomplishment and sincere affection for the Dipper.
"That was probably the highlight of my life, being part of that game," Luckenbill says. "I was a little country bumpkin who Wilt kind of took under his wing, so I was always excited when good things happened to him."
Ruklick echoes those sentiments: "I was the worst guy on the team, the Bob Uecker of the NBA, but Wilt made you feel like part of a family that he was the workhorse of. Wilt was quite a guy."
Their gratitude belies Alex Hannum's old assessment of Wilt that "Nobody loves Goliath."