Blue Heaven Pages
My place on the internet will hopefully be known by the Blue Heaven
Pages. This year, UNC began its students to run homepages
through their e-mail accounts. I thought this was a great opportunity after
just learning about the web the last year. I started my own web page with the
intention of making something new and different. I made it into a Star Wars
Page, but that had been done many times over. Then, I added a Friends Page,
but that idea wasn't new either. That's when I thought of my interest that I was
afraid I could do no justice-- Carolina Basketball. I just had to find an
original slant to take.
I guess I'm fortunate in that I know several UNC basketball players because
we lived on the same hall last year. Shammond Williams is one of my best
friends, and I thought that people should be able to get to know the
basketball players, especially Shammond, because they are interesting guys who
are not just basketball players who appear on a court for a couple hours
every few days. That's when I got the idea to make Shammond a homepage. When
I told Shammond, he liked the idea, so
Shammond's World was born. Little did we know, we had just made
Shammond Williams the first college basketball player to ever have his own web page.
Once the page was started, I wrote a few different pages to get them
to add Shammond's page to their links. Then, I posted the information in some
appropriate Newsgroups. Next thing I knew, e-mail was flowing into Shammond's
account; it was time for Shammond to start answering fan mail from the internet,
which was probably another first.
The page became a success. Shammond and Coach Smith were questioned
by reporters. Other people on the internet started talking about it. Finally, an
article was written about the page in the Raleigh News & Observer. With
this, I have become proud of Shammond's World.
In the meantime, Vince Carter's high school coach saw Shammond's page. Apparently,
he was impressed because he called Vince and told him that he should have his own page.
Vince mentioned the idea to me, and we finally talked about the possibilities at
lunch one day. Soon after, Vince asked me to do a page for him. It would come to be
known as Vince's Court.
Because of Vince, I decided that maybe more pages should be in store.
The next page will probably be for Ademola Okulaja, then Antawn Jamison. The
basic requirements are that the player is a friend of mine, an all-around nice
person, and is interested in a page. Well, with a series of homepages, the
likes of which have not been done previously, needs a name, so we have the
Blue Heaven Pages. This series will hopefully become an ongoing project
for me that all Tar Heel fans will be able to enjoy.
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