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HAROLD BELL'S LEGENDS:.
THE ORIGINAL INSIDE SPORTS

    

UNPARALELLED    UNCOMPROMISED    UNFORGIVEN   UNSUNG

 

 

         OUR CHILDREN ARE THE SACRED COWS OF THE WORLD

 

                                                     

 

         200+ GIRLS KIDNAPPED  ARE BEING RETURNED TO THEIR HOMES IN NIGERIA

 

 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD AND SOMETIMES A VILLAGE CAN ALSO RAISE A MAN

 

MEET THE VILLAGE OF W STREET NW DC AND THE MAN IT RAISED!

     

 

 

                        THE WAY WE WERE: HILLCREST SATURDAY PROGRAM

 

    

L-R The 1st toy party (1968), Santa's Helper Washington pro football player Harold McLinton, GT Coach John Thompson and players seen at Christmas toy party  before he forgot.  NBA Hall of Fame player Dave Bing visits Saturday Program, Hillcrest All-Stars, Chet, Gene & Sidney with Washington pro football player DB Ted Vactor.    

 

           

L-R Cardozo HS coach Bob Headen and Harrison Principal Mr. Cousins, the notorious Father Raymond Kemp and honorees, Fatty Taylor (NBA) Larry Brown (NFL) and Petey Greene visit Saturday Program, Saturday Program, the Godfather of the community, James Dudley.  On the weekens I would carry several guys out to Reston, Virginia to watch me play on the Washington Pro Football team's minor league team, the Virginia Sailors. 

 

In 1965 I was hired by the United Planning Organization then located at 11th U Street, NW.  The self-help organization hired 3 Neighborhood Workers for the Shaw/Cardozo Community, Petey Greene, H. Rap Brown and I were the chosen few. 2015 will mark 50 years of my working in the corridor of U Street, NW. with at-risk children. 

 

On Saturday September 26th the former residents of W Street held their annual picnic in Rock Creek Park. This was my first time seeing some of these "Kids In Trouble" in almost 50 years.  They were a beautiful sight for these old and tired eyes.  My wife Hattie (former teacher at Cardozo High School) and I were treated and greeted like Royalty.  The residents were led by Leroy Taylor and his beautiful sisters, Shorty Green, Preacher and his wife, Danny Lewis, Vincent Lee, Ricky, Bernard Nedar, Tyrone Shorter, Willie, Steve Coker, and a host of others whose names have slipped my tired old mind. Lonnie Taylor another member of the Taylor family was a little under the weather and could not be in attendance.  

 

 

Memories again, on August 1, 1989 twenty years after my first Christmas toy party for the community I received this letter from Lonnie and it read;

 

Dear Mr. Bell, It was good seeing you at Secretary Jack Kemp's address sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.  As I stated then, as a former resident of the 14th and W Streets area, I owe you many thanks for the many things you did on behalf of the city's youth.  Believe me, the Hillcrest Saturday Program often brings back fond memories.  You should take pride in the fact that your example of unselfishness continues in so many of us.  Thanks for all you have done and all you continue to do.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Lonnie F. Taylor

Chief of Staff Jack Buechner, M. C. 

 

 

Thurston McLain a fomer resident on 12th Place and is now a 29 year veteran and Captain for the Alexandria, Virginia Fire Department.  He was the first person I ever heard call me "A Legend" in the community.  Thurston was a benefactor of the first KIT Toy party and has been hosting and coordinating his own toy party in Alexandria for the past 10 years.  

 

In 1965 I was hired by the United Planning Organization then located at 11th U Street, NW.  The self-help organization hired 3 Neighborhood Workers for the Shaw/Cardozo Community, Petey Greene, H. Rap Brown and I were the chosen few. 2015 will mark 50 years of my working in the corridor of U Street, NW. with at-risk children. 



Since that time I have had young people approach me on the street, on the subway, in shopping malls and say "Mr. Bell you saved my life." It can be a very humbling experience because I have had my life saved on several ocassions.  This brings to mind the 15 year old autistic girl I pulled off of the subway tracks at Potomac Avenue as a train approached in 2007.  But I will never forget the first life I really saved , his name was Horsey.  

 

I found him lying on the bottom of the swimming pool at my Saturday Program in 1969.  I remember walking into the pool area and the kids started to yell that there was someone lying at the bottom of the pool.  I jumped in fully clothed pulled Horsey out and ran 1 block to Children's Hospital with him in my arms. It saved his life (every time I see him I remind him).  When I saw him Saturday he beat me to the punch and said "Okay Mr. Bell you saved my life!"  

 

In 1972 when NFL Fiilms decided to promote the good works of athletes in the community, the first community program they filmed for National television was the Kids In Trouble Saturday Program.  They spotlighted the Washington pro football team's NFL MVP running back Larry Brown and linebacker Harold McLinton in the pool giving pointers on water safety to inner-city kids. 

 

                                                                 

                                             NFL Films taping at Hillcrest Saturday Program

 

I want to thank Ronald "Blue" Hamilton for calling to remind me of the correct date for this outing.  I am looking forward to seeing you all again this coming weekend for the documentary shooting of my life story which you all have played an important role. The LIVE shooting will take place this Saturday at Tony Bell's Gym located at 1216 Mount Olivet Road NE at 12 noon.  

 

Actor/Producer and Emmy Award winner Robert Hooks will be the narrator.  On Sunday there will be a reception honoring and welcoming back home native Washingtonian Robert Hooks at Ben's Chili Bowl from 3 pm until 5 pm.  Hopefully, we can get a group photo of everyone in attendance for my gallery.  W Street and beyond---Mr. Bell, thanks you for the memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 



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