A SONG FOR TERRI ROSS
Harold hasn’t always been like that. When he first came into the NBA, he was fresh, innocent and unspoiled. Being from a very poor family, when in college he worried about the welfare of his mother and his brothers and sisters. When he graduated from Iowa and went high in the draft, he bought his mother a nice home in the white suburbs with his big signing bonus. “You deserve it, Ma,” he told her. Terri was very proud of him. That was the Harold she had fallen in love with right out of high school. Now Harold seems like a hostile stranger, and Terri feels trapped and isolated in his world of jocks, admiring fans and pretty groupies. She hates the glare and glitter of big-times sports.
One day Terri meets a handsome, successful songwriter named Peter Shepherd. About the same age, he and Terri become good platonic friends, and he shows her a side of San Francisco she didn’t know existed. He introduces her to a new world view that she finds utterly fascinating. In the process Terri changes. Peter falls in love with her, and writes a song about her, which doesn’t come easily for him since Terri is such a complex person when seen in her own right. In the end, she has to decide between Harold and Peter.
NBA basketball, song writing and music, family expectations, Platonic friendship, friends as business partners
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