An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman *Notable NBA Basketball Players from our Area by Pat Farabaugh

November 10, 2015 (Tuesday)

Speaker: PAT FARABAUGH, Assistant Professor of Communications at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.

About the book:
An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman” from IUP Magazine:
BookAn Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twymandetails the life of Stokes, a Saint Francis alumnus and 1950s National Basketball Association star, and the support of Twyman, his teammate and friend. Twyman became Stokes’s legal guardian and worked tirelessly to raise money for his medical bills following an accident in a 1958 NBA game that left Stokes paralyzed and under hospital care until his death in 1970. The friendship of Stokes, who was African American, and Twyman, who was Caucasian, was especially noteworthy given the racial tensions of the era.

Note of Interest: When Maurice Stokes was age 8, the family moved from Rankin to nearby Homewood, where he later attended Westinghouse High School.

John Twyman, the son of a steel company foreman, was born in Pittsburgh (Sheraden) and attended Central Catholic High School.

About the Author – Pat Farabaugh
Pat Farabaughfrom St. Francis University website:
Pat teaches courses in print and photojournalism, public relations, public speaking and mass communications theory and research. Before joining the communications faculty at Saint Francis, he taught at Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked in athletic media relations for 12 years before entering higher education and served as the sports information director at Saint Francis from 1999-2005.

He has written two books – “Carl McIntire’s Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine” (2010) and “An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman” (2014). He has also contributed to “American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas” (2013). Pat has served as a peer reviewer for the journal “Critical Studies in Media Communication,” and is an active freelance print and broadcast journalist. He has written feature stories and opinion essays for numerous magazines and newspapers and serves as the radio and webstream play-by-play announcer on broadcasts of the Saint Francis football team’s games.

When he is not writing, broadcasting or teaching, Pat enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, coaching youth sports, and volunteering. He taught English to students in the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2013 as a member of Saint Francis’ Hugs United Education Team. Pat also serves as a trustee at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

About the author from Amazon website:
Pat Farabaugh is a faculty member in the Communications Department at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Before entering the teaching profession, he worked in athletic media relations for 12 years. In addition to his work as a teacher and author, he also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the Saint Francis football program. He is currently working on his third book, tentatively titled “Strike Three: The 1977 Johnstown Flood.” The book will explore the story of this flood – the third deluge to strike Johnstown, Pennsylvania – and its legacy. He has a stepson and two cats and is waiting patiently for the Pittsburgh Pirates to win another World Series.

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