By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It looks like the push to get the great Wilt Chamberlain immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp is getting close to the finish line.
Donald Hunt of the Philadelphia Tribune has been the leader of this grass roots effort to get Chamberlain on a stamp. In fact his column in the Tribune back in February of 2008 kick-started the push.
“Recently, we got some great news,” Hunt tells KYW Newsradio. “There was an article in Linn’s Stamp News, which covers the Postal Service and Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and stamps in general. And they talked about the selections for the 2014 United States postage stamps, and Wilt’s included in that selection. The only thing we have to do now is just wait for an official word from the United States Postal Service.”
Hunt says he is hopeful that that official word will come in a few months.
It has been a long road to try and make this stamp a reality. A road which has featured thousands of people signing petitions to get it done. Hunt says it has been well worth it.
“We started the effort to educate a lot of young people on Wilt’s great basketball legacy,” Hunt says. “It’s also a great thing for a lot of Wilt’s family and friends, a lot of his colleagues too that played basketball with him here at Overbrook High School, the NBA and the University of Kansas.”
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Hunt to get some insight into the process to get Chamberlain immortalized on stamp.
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