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– For two seasons, they were the Dynamic Duo.

Chris Tuck and Devin “Press” Murphy were basketball superstars at Charlotte High School in the early 1980s. They’re remembered today for their play, promise and tragic fate.

In his last report for 13WHAM News before he heads off into the world of financial planning, my colleague Chuck Wade recalls the team many remember as one of the best ever in Section V.

The Charlotte team made headlines when players were accused of a mugging and thefts. Tuck and Murphy were kicked off the team. Neither one lasted long in college.

Both were killed in separate drug-related shootings. Tuck was shot in 1989 and Murphy was shot in 1992. Their deaths shocked the community and prompted a lot of talk of “what could have been.”

We still talk about “what could have been” with Tuck and Murphy. We still talk about “what could be” with young men just like them. Nearly thirty years after they captured the attention of Rochester, their story still resonates.

– Google Plus is a ghost town. The Wall Street Journal takes a critical look at the social network. I’ve been hoping it catches on. The interface is stunning. It’s easier and clutter-free compared to Facebook.

– Landline phones are still important to businesses, as Park Avenue shops found out over the past week.

– Is Generation X doomed?

7 Responses to What Could Have Been

  1. February 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm Dave McKinley responds:

    I watched both of them play,…I covered both homicides,… and the trials of their killers. What could have been indeed.

  2. I agree with the story on Google+. I find that I spend a lot more time on Facebook, due to my multiple friends utilizing it. Very few of these friends are on Google+. However, I found Google+ to be useful, in terms of connecting with circles of persons who share some of my interests, inclusive of screenwriters, actors, photographers, and voiceover artists.

    I like the layout of Google+. However, most of my social interaction will most likely continue to be via Facebook.

  3. March 8, 2012 at 9:09 am Melissa Chinnock responds:

    I gave up on G+ a few months ago. The best analogy I can think of is that G+ is like a really nice party – the decorations are pretty, the food is great, and there’s good music playing. But if all of your friends are at the neighborhood BBQ across the street, that’s where you’re going to want to actually spend your time.

  4. September 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm Renee Spells responds:

    I miss your smile and your laughter Lil cousin. I will never forget you. Love Renee

  5. February 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm Yolanda Sellars responds:

    My name is Yolanda Sellars. I am Chris Tuck’s cousin. (Our grandmothers are sisters). I was attempting to find any video of Chris to share with my son, Xavier who plays varsity basketball for Finney.
    If anyone has video of Chris I would be grateful if you would share them with our family.

  6. My name is Melody and I dated Press before he got killed. I didn’t know Chris but I saw newspaper clippings on Press bedroom walls. Such a tragedy for both young men. Press father James really liked me as quote on quote one of his daughter in laws but I knew there were others. I also went to his funeral in 1995, such a good man. Just sad all around.

  7. Hi goodmorning. My name is Kay and i’ve known Devon “Murphy” Kendrick, son of Press since birth. He is 23/24 years old. His mother name is Gina – and i’ve known her for about 25 years now. Not wanting anything but if any of Devin’s family is reading this – please PLEASE reach out to Devon. He’s been through so much over the years – a sence of idenity I KNOW could make such a huge difference in his life. He only “knows of” Press Murphy – but having something tangible i believe would forever change his life. Devon has always been a kind, gentle-hearted person, with a lot of drive and energy. He is loved by all that has had the pleasure in meeting him.
    So please, dont hesitate to contact me at:
    Remember, family is family REGARDLESS.

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