By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 17, 2021) – In Issue 2021-31 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we reach for new heights on the basketball floor.


You might think that the reason why today’s post is about this person is because he majored in cultural geography in college.  That is a reason for sure.  But there are others…

This person is a star athlete, but he didn’t make his high school basketball team in his sophomore year because of his height at the time – only 5’ 11”.

He managed to grow and eventually was accepted to a state college about 100 miles from his home in Wilmington.  He helped his team to win an NCAA championship.   This was followed by an illustrious career in the NBA where he made the impossible possible.  He was five times the League’s Most Valuable Player and propelled his team to be the League’s champion six times.  He even had an acting career.  Now he owns his state’s only NBA franchise.

Happy 58th Birthday Michael Jordan!  North Carolina Tar Heel.  Chicago Bulls star.   Charlotte Hornets owner.

Here is Ruth Taylor White’s humorous pictorial map of North Carolina from 1938.

Humorous pictorial map of North Carolina from 1938. (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.