Meadowlark Lemon

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Meadowlark Lemon
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Meadowlark shooting at an exhibition game on an aircraft carrier
Born Meadow Lemon III
(1932-04-25) April 25, 1932 (age 82)
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Basketball player, minister, entertainer
Known for The Harlem Globetrotters
Religion Christianity
Denomination Non-denominational
Meadowlark Lemon (left) meeting Betty Ford, during a 1974 visit to the White House

Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon III (born April 25, 1932) is an American basketball player, actor, and minister. For 22 years, Lemon was known as the "Clown Prince" of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and is a 2003 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended Florida A&M University.

Career[edit]

Lemon first applied to the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22, finally being chosen to play the following year (1955). In 1980, he left to form one of his Globetrotters imitators, the Bucketeers. He played with that team until 1983, then moved on to play with the Shooting Stars from 1984 to 1987. In 1988, he moved on to "Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars" team. Despite being with his own touring team, Lemon returned to the Globetrotters, playing 50 games with them in 1994.

In 1978, Lemon appeared in a memorable Burger King commercial by making a tower of burgers until he found a double beef pickles and onions and no cheese burger.

In 2000, Lemon received the John Bunn Award, the highest honor given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside of induction. He was inducted into the hall three years later.

On May 18, 2009, it was announced that Lemon had become the new partial owner of the Smoky Mountain Jam of the American Basketball Association.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lemon has 9 children: Richard, George, Beverly, Donna, Robin, Jamison, Angela, Crystal and Caleb.[2]

A born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. and Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars maintain an office. Lemon is married to Dr. Cynthia Lemon.

Other work[edit]

Lemon starred in the 1979 Educational geography film Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World. Also in 1979, he joined the cast of the short-lived TV sit-com Hello, Larry in season two, to help boost the show's ratings. Still in 1979 he played Rev. Grady Jackson in the movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh; it was several years before he actually became an ordained minister himself.

In 1981, Lemon was featured in the Grammy-nominated video, The First National Kidisc,[3][4] an educational, interactive video produced by Optical Programming Associates on the then-emerging LaserDisc format.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Link. (May 14, 2009). "Meadowlark Lemon to back ABA team". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  2. ^ Biography section from official website
  3. ^ "Thanks Grammy, For Praising Our Kids". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 94: 49. February 20, 1982. Retrieved August 10, 2013.  Note: Advertisement.
  4. ^ "Don't Buy a Magnavision Just Because It Plays Movies". Popular Science (Bonnier Corporation) 220: 53. April 1982. Retrieved August 10, 2013.  Note: Advertisement.
  5. ^ "The First National Kidisc / presented by Optical Programming Associates". Libraries Australia. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 

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