Wilt’s postage-stamp recognition looks to be nearing reality

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Wilt Chamberlain | www.kualumni.orgIt appears that five years of lobbying the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee has finally reached fruition. Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, ’59, is tentatively scheduled to appear on a U.S. Postage Stamp in February 2014–according to the authoritative Linn’s Stamp News, as reported by Donald Hunt, the Philadelphia Tribune sports columnist who in 2008 launched the campaign to honor Philly’s hometown hero with a U.S. stamp designed with his image.

Hunt had high hopes two years ago that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee would forward Chamberlain’s name to the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate the 50th-anniversary his 100-point game of March 1962. Despite that disappointment, Hunt kept up his grassroots campaign–as occasionally updated over the years in Kansas Alumni magazine, through which Hunt sought support of KU alumni–and on Monday Hunt announced in his column that Linn’s Stamp News had obtained minutes of the Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 committee meeting at which Chamberlain, author Ralph Ellison, singers James Brown and Sarah Vaughn, The Beatles, actress Elizabeth Taylor, Apple’s Steve Jobs and others were reportedly forwarded to the U.S. Postal Service for consideration.

“I thought it would be great if they selected Wilt for the 50th anniversary, but we never lost faith, never lost hope,” Hunt said Tuesday. “Wilt is really deserving of this honor, for a lot of reasons. He of course had a great basketball legacy, and the University of Kansas is a big part of that.”

As reported by Hunt, a spokesman emphasized that no decisions were final until approved by the postmaster general and announced by the U.S. Postal Service. Hunt’s column can be read here.

–Chris Lazzarino

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