L. K. Madigan was born Lisa Kay Wolfson in Portland, Oregon in 1963. Before becoming a writer, she worked at Warner Bros. Records. She wrote Flash Burnout, which won the 2010 William C. Morris Award, and The Mermaid's Mirror. She was a 20-year breast cancer survivor. She died from pancreatic cancer on February 23, 2011 at the age of 47.Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a former American NBA basketball player and coach. He was drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978. In the summer of 1992, Bird joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and other NBA stars to play for the United States basketball team in that year's Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. It was the first time in America's Olympic history that the country sent professional basketball players to compete. The "Dream Team" won the men's basketball gold medal. On August 18, 1992, Bird announced his retirement as an NBA player. Following Bird's departure, the Celtics promptly retired his jersey number 33. In 1989, Bird published his autobiography, Drive: The Story of My Life with Bob Ryan. The book chronicles his life and career up to the 1989 NBA season. In 2010 Bird co-authored the book, When the Game Was Ours with "Magic" Johnson.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson was born on August 14, 1959. He played basketball for Michigan State University before becoming a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. During his career, he earned three NBA MVP Awards, won an Olympic gold medal in 1992, was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He retired in 1996. In 1991, he learned he was HIV positive and contracted the disease through having multiple sexual partners during his playing career. The Magic Johnson Foundation was originally created to help combat HIV, but grew to include other charitable goals including revitalizing ethnically diverse urban communities. He is the author of numerous books including Magic's Touch: From Fast Break to Fundamentals with Basketball's Most Exciting Player and 32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business. In 2010 he co-authored When the Game Was Ours with Larry Bird.
Jackie MacMullan is a nationally recognized sports columnist who spent three decades at the Boston Globe . She is a frequent correspondent for ESPN and a regular contestant on ESPN's "Around the Horn."