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here. If someone passes away, Lee’s the first
person to send food over. I’ll bet he’s sent
50,000 hot dogs out over the years.”
Another longtime Wilsonian, Beth
Herndon, said: “It’s quaint and hasn’t
changed much over the years. They’ve got
great food and the best hot dogs, and you
Gliarmis enrolled at Carolina in 1945
and played one year of basketball under
coach Ben Carnevale.
“I never intended to make the basket-
ball team. Coach Carnevale saw me and
another boy shooting in Woollen one
day and said, ‘Go see Sarge Keller and get
uniforms. You’re on the team.’ I’ll never
forget that day. I almost dropped dead. I
never played very much. Most of what I
did was feed the ball to ‘Hook’ Dillon [’ 48]
so he could practice that hook shot of his.
Left hand, right hand — it didn’t matter.
He was really good. One after another.”
Gliarmis would connect with dozens
more famous folk from all walks of life at
Dick’s. Dean Smith and Roy Williams ’ 72,
and major leaguers Pete Rose, Gaylord
Perry and Bob Uecker have been through.
Jim Hunt ’ 64 (LLBJD) and Sam Ervin ’ 17
have eaten Dick’s hot dogs. Bob Costas
and Burt Reynolds have signed photos.
Gliarmis coached dozens of youth
league sports teams and players over the
decades. Many of the top athletes who
went on to success at Fike and Hunt high
schools in Wilson — including Fike’s three
state football titles in the 1960s — first
learned their games from Lee Gliarmis.
Soc and Lee Jr. both were placekickers,
Soc at East Carolina and Lee at Carolina.
“I did get to coach, after all,” Gliarmis
said with a smile. “It just wasn’t how I
planned it back in college. I coached all
three sports at first, but then I had to pare
it down to just football. I had to run a
business and raise a family, too.”
A baseball history buff, Gliarmis led the
effort to build the N.C. Baseball Museum,
which opened in 2005 in Wilson’s Flem-
ing Stadium. For these and many more
reasons, he was inducted into the N.C.
Sports Hall of Fame last year.
“I told them, ‘You must have run out
of ideas.’ My induction reflects on a lot of
people. Everything I’ve done has been a
Dick’s is all the museum Gliarmis
needs. He recalled the time Wake Forest
basketball coach Bones McKinney ’ 48
showed up for a book signing with three
books; Gliarmis told him he’d better go
back to his car and get some more.
“He went through two cases of books.”
Gliarmis smiles and turns back to his
onions and chili, as he’s done for going on
seven decades now.
— Lee Pace ’ 79
‘I never intended to make
the basketball team. Coach
Carnevale saw me and another
boy shooting in Woollen one day
and said, “Go see Sarge Keller
and get uniforms. You’re on the
team.” I’ll never forget that day. I
almost dropped dead.’
— Lee Gliarmis ’ 50
13 June - 10 August 2014
Conversations in Clay:
Pottery by Deborah
Harris, Gillian Parke,
and Evelyn Ward
IN THE MUSEUM IN THE STORE
20 June - 31 August 2014
An Eye for the
Gifts from the
Joseph F. McCrindle
20 June - 31 August 2014
Mark Tobey and Sam
Curated by Russell Gullette,
2014 Joan and Robert Huntley Art
19 September 2014 -
4 January 2015
Selections from a
Decade of Collecting
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