Monday, September 9, 2013

The 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Last Sunday the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its latest class, which consisted of:
  • Roger Brown
  • Guy V Lewis
  • Richie Guerin
  • Oscar Schmidt
  • Dawn Staley
  • Gary Payton
  • Dr. E. B. Henderson
  • Jerry Tarkanian
  • Rick Pitino
  • Bernard King

As always, the Robison Service crew was there organizing the Rolls Royce parade.  Thanks to our friends and supporters John Rando, Paul Picknelly, the Oliver Ward estate, and Gene Cassidy for donating the cars for this event.  The players love seeing the cars there, and we're proud to keep Rolls Royce part of our city's heritage, alongside the Hall of Fame and our city's other attractions.

Most people assume Rolls Royce cars all came from England, but in the 1920s Rolls Royce actually built cars here in America, at a state of the art plant between Page Boulevard and what's now I-291.  Rolls Royce has actually been a part of our city longer than the Hall of Fame.

In a surprising twist of fate, our company actually ended up being on a corner of the old Rolls Royce grounds, which (over the years) has also been home to American Wire Wheel, Duryea, Indian Motocycle, and the Tite Flex Corporation.  I wish I could say I planned it that way, but the fact is, it's just a lucky coincidence that a modern day Rolls facility would outgrow its original space when this land was open, twenty years ago.

Either way, we're proud to be here and happy it all worked out.  

Here are a few images of the day . . . 

Lined up on Boland Way, waiting to load our first Hall of Famers

Inductees and their families stand for their official portraits

The reception in the Mass Mutual Center drew over 1,000 people

Hall of Famers signed basketballs and memorabilia

Other Hall of Famers pose for fan photos

Waiting for Inductees

Paparazzi on the street

The famous Red Carpet

The crew from ABC, NBA TV, and ESPN

Arriving at Symphony Hall

Unloading on the Red Carpet

A quick interview













The Crew from Robison Service





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