Chet Forte

Fulvio Chester "Chet" Forte Jr. (August 7, 1935 – May 18, 1996) was an American television director and sports radio talk show host.


Early life

Forte's life in the sports world began as an All-State basketball star at Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was named to the Star-Ledger's Team of the Century in 1999. From there he starred at Columbia University. In the 1956–57 season, he was named first-team All-American as a point guard, and beat out the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for player of the year.[1] He was short for a basketball player, but shot with deadly accuracy from the outside—the approximate location of today's three-point circle.

Forte was drafted in the 7th round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but did not make the team, and never played in the NBA.[2]

ABC Sports

Forte began working in TV, joining ABC Sports in the mid-1960s. On April 8, 1967, due to an AFTRA strike, Forte and producer Chuck Howard filled-in as commentators for Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

In 1970, Forte was named the first director of Monday Night Football.[1] His ability to present the game as entertainment spectacle as well as sporting event, under the mandate of executive producer Roone Arledge, made the show a huge success in both sports and pop culture.

Departure from ABC Sports

Despite his professional success, Forte had a huge gambling addiction which he kept behind the scenes. ABC executives feared his gambling activities were affecting his job which led to his departure from ABC in the mid-1980s.[3] He was also indicted by a federal grand jury on three-counts of mail fraud and tax evasion. He cooperated with the government and was spared prison time, receiving a five-year probation sentence.

Post-ABC activities

In 1989, he directed the roller derby program RollerGames.[4]

The next year, he became a talk show host at San Diego's XTRA, also known as "XTRA Sports 690." He co-hosted the Loose Cannons show with Steve Hartman. On the show, he openly discussed his addiction and offered to help others in a similar situation.


Forte was working on-the-air days prior to his death on May 18, 1996 in San Diego, California; he died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 60. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his cardiologist, Dr. Steven Gross, alleging that the doctor was negligent in his treatment of Forte. The jury agreed and awarded the family US$1.7 million.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Chet Forte, 60, an Innovator in Television Sports", The New York Times, May 19, 1996. Accessed February 12, 2008.
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  4. ^ "Futuristic Fast Track". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. July 10, 1989. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Family Wins Suit". The Victoria Advocate. Victoria, Texas. September 6, 1998. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
1957 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1957 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of six major All-American teams. To earn 'consensus' status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and the International News Service.

1964–65 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

The 1964–65 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1964–65 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Butch van Breda Kolff served as head coach and the team captain was Bill Bradley. The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey. The team was the champion of the Ivy League, earning an invitation to the 23-team 1965 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.The team posted a 23–6 overall record and a 13–1 conference record. The team won its NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East region first round contest against the Penn State Nittany Lions by a 60–58 margin at The Palestra on March 8, 1965. Then in the East Regional at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland, the team defeated NC State 66–48 on March 12 and Providence 109–69 on March 13. Then on March 19 in the national semifinal at the Memorial Coliseum Portland, Oregon, the team was defeated by the Cazzie Russell-led Michigan Wolverines 93–76 before beating the Wichita State Shockers 118–82 the following night. Bill Bradley earned the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player award.Bradley, who for third consecutive season led the conference in scoring with a 28.8 points per game average in conference games, was a first team All-Ivy League selection. In addition, Bradley was a repeat consensus first team 1965 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American selection by numerous panels: First team (Associated Press, United Press International, National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association, Sporting News, Converse, NEA, Helms Foundation). Bradley also won a Rhodes Scholarship and was a territorial first round selection in the 1965 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Bradley surpassed Arthur Loeb (1921–22 and 1922–23) and Cyril Haas (1915–16 and 1916–17) as the school's only three-time men's basketball All-American selection. Over the course of the season, Bradley won the national statistical championship for free throw percentage (88.6%, 273–308).As a result of his performance against Witchita State in the final four, Bradley holds the following NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament records: single-game points scored in a final four (58), single-game field goals made in a final four (22), single-year two-game points scored in a final four (87), and single-year two-game field goals made in a final four (34). Additionally, Bradley formerly held the final four single-game free throw percentage record of 93.3% (minimum 10 made, 14–15), which was broken on March 23, 1972, and single-year two-game free throw percentage record 95.0% (minimum 12 made, 19–20), which was broken in 1972.The team's performance against Witchita State established the current final four victory margin record (36) and the final four single-team single-half points scored record (65, tied). The team's performance formerly held two other final four records: single-half two-team points scored (108, broken March 25, 1972) and single-year two-game field goals made (78, broken in 1977).Bradley continues to hold the single-game, single-season, and career total and average points Ivy League records. In addition, he holds the Ivy records for single-game, single-season, and career field goals made as well as single-season, and career free throws made. His career points, career average, career field goals achieved in 1965 surpassed Tony Lavelli (1949), Chet Forte (1957) and Ernie Beck (1953), respectively. His single-game points record surpassed Lavelli's 52 set on February 26, 1949. His 1965 career 87.6% free throw percentage, which surpassed Gus Broberg's 1941 mark of 85.8%, stood as the Ivy League record until it was eclipsed by Joe Hieser in 1968.

1996 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 1996 throughout the world.

52nd Directors Guild of America Awards

The 52nd Directors Guild of America Awards, honoring the outstanding directorial achievements in films, documentary and television in 1999, were presented on March 11, 2000 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The ceremony was hosted by Carl Reiner. The nominees in the feature film category were announced on January 24, 2000 and the other nominations were announced starting on February 1, 2000.

Bill Werndl

Bill Werndl (born December 29, 1945) is a sports talk radio host, currently broadcasting from WCHE 1520 AM and WBCB 1490 AM. Bill Werndl has been broadcasting for over fifty years and was the first full-time sports broadcaster in the Philadelphia market. He also teaches a class at Widener University.


Chet is a masculine given name, often a nickname for Chester, which means fortress or camp. It is an uncommon name of English origin, and originated as a surname to identify people from the city of Chester, England. Chet was ranked 1,027th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.People named Chet include:

Chet (murza) (fl. 14th century), murza of the Golden Horde and legendary progenitor of several Russian families

Chet Allen (actor, 1939-1984) (1939–1984), child opera and choir performer

Chet Allen (actor, 1928-2011) (1929–2011), American actor

Chester Chet Atkins (1924–2001), American country guitarist and record producer

Chesney Chet Baker (1929–1988), American jazz musician and vocalist

Chet Brooks (born 1966), American former National Football League player

Chester Chet Bulger (1917–2009), American National Football League player

Chester Chet Culver (born 1966), former Governor of Iowa

Thomas Chester Chet Edwards (born 1951), American politician

Fulvio Chester Chet Forte (1935–1996), American sports television director and basketball player

Chester Chet Gardner (1898–1939), American race car driver

Chester Chet Gladchuk (1917–1967), National Football League and Canadian Football League player

Donald Chester Chet Grant (1892–1985), American basketball and football player, football and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League coach and sports editor

Chet Hanulak (born 1933), American former National Football League player

Chester E. Holifield (1903–1995), American politician

Chester Chet Huntley (1911–1974), American television newscaster

Chester Chet Jastremski (1941–2014), American swimmer

Chester Chet Jaworski (1916–2003), American college basketball player

Chester Chet Lemon (born 1955), American retired Major League Baseball player

Chet Miksza (1930–1975), Canadian Football League player

Chet Moeller (born 1953), American college football player

Chester Chet Mutryn (1921–1995), All-America Football Conference and the National Football League player

Chester Chet Nichols, Sr. (1897–1982), Major League Baseball pitcher

Chester Chet Nichols, Jr. (1931–1995), Major League Baseball pitcher, son of the above

Chester Chet Ostrowski (1930–2001), American National Football League player

Chet Raymo (born 1936), American writer, educator and naturalist

Chester Chet Walker (born 1940), American National Basketball Association player

Chester Chet A. Wynne (1898–1967), American football player and college head coach

Chuck Howard

Charles (Chuck) Howard (1933-November 21, 1996) was an American television executive, and a pioneer in television sports broadcasting.

Columbia Lions

The Columbia University Lions are the collective athletic teams and their members from Columbia University, an Ivy League institution in New York City, United States. The current director of athletics is Peter Pilling.


Fulvio may refer to:

Andrea Fulvio (c. 1470–1527), Renaissance humanist, poet and antiquarian of Rome, advisor to Raphael

Fulvio de Assis (born 1981), Brazilian professional basketball player

Fulvio Bacchelli (born 1951), former Italian rally driver, won Rally New Zealand in 1977

Fulvio Balatti (1938–2001), Italian rower

Fulvio Ballabio (born 1954), race car driver born in Milan, Italy

Fulvio Bernardini (1905–1984), Italian professional footballer and coach

Fulvio Bonavia, award-winning Italian photographer

Fulvio Caccia (born 1952), contemporary Italian poet, novelist and essayist

Fulvio Caldini (born 1959), Italian composer, pianist, and musicologist

Fulvio Cecere (born 1960), Canadian actor

Fulvio Collovati (born 1957), Italian former footballer, who played defense

Fulvio Conti (born 1947), Italian financier

Fulvio Giulio della Corgna) (1517–1583), Tuscan Catholic bishop and cardinal

Fulvio Croce, (1901–1977), Italian lawyer killed by the terrorist association Red Brigades

Fulvio Dapit (born 1975), Italian male sky runner

Fulvio Falzarano, Italian actor

Fulvio Fantoni (born 1963), Italian international bridge player

Fulvio Flavoni (born 1970), Italian football goalkeeper

Fulvio Chester "Chet" Forte (1935–1996), American television director and sports radio talk show host

Fulvio Francesconi (born 1944), retired Italian professional footballer

Fulvio Galimi (1927–2016), Argentine fencer who practised foil, épée and sabre

Fulvio Lorigiola (born 1959), former Italian rugby union player, a current sports executive and a lawyer

Fulvio Lucisano (born 1928), Italian film producer

Fulvio Martini (1923–2003), Italian Navy admiral and intelligence officer

Fulvio Martusciello (born 1968), Italian politician, and a member of the European Parliament since 2014

Fulvio Melia (born 1956), Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author

Fulvio Mingozzi, Italian actor

Fulvio Miyata (born 1977), Brazilian judoka

Fulvio Nesti (1925–1996), Italian footballer

Fulvio Orsini (1529–1600), Italian humanist, historian, and archaeologist

Fulvio Palmieri (1903–1966), Italian screenwriter

Fulvio Pea (born 1967), Italian football coach

Fulvio Pelli (born 1951), Swiss politician

Fulvio Pennacchi (1905–1992), Italian-Brazilian artist in drawing, painting, mural painting and ceramic

Fulvio Rocchi (born 1909), Argentine sports shooter

Fulvio Roiter (1926–2016), Italian photographer

Fulvio Saini (born 1962), Italian football midfield

Fulvio Scola (born 1982), Italian cross country skier

Fulvio Sulmoni (born 1986), Swiss defender

Fulvio Tesorieri (died 1616), Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Belcastro (1612–1616)

Fulvio Testi (1593–1646), Italian diplomat and poet

Fulvio Tomizza (1935–1999), Italian language writer

Fulvio Valbusa (born 1969), Italian cross country skier

Fulvio Wetzl (born 1953), Italian filmmaker

Fulvio Zanardini, astronomer, discoverer of two minor planets

Hackensack High School

Hackensack High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hackensack Public Schools. Hackensack High School serves students from the Bergen County, New Jersey communities of Hackensack, South Hackensack (80 students in 2011-12), Maywood (250 students) and Rochelle Park (120 students).As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,806 students and 138.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. There were 817 students (45.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 157 (8.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

Heavy Action

"Heavy Action" is a piece of music composed by Johnny Pearson. Composed in 1970, and featuring a strong brass fanfare opening, "Heavy Action" soon became a well established sporting theme tune, most associated in the UK as the theme for Superstars, and in North America as the theme music for ABC and ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Jack Molinas

Jacob L. "Jack" Molinas (October 31, 1931 – August 3, 1975) was an American professional basketball player and a key figure in one of the most wide-reaching point shaving scandals college basketball.

Monday Night Mayhem

Monday Night Mayhem is a 2002 television film about the origin of ABC's television series Monday Night Football. It debuted on the U.S. cable TV network TNT. It was based on the 1988 nonfiction book of the same title by Marc Gunther and Bill Carter.

NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The NCAA Men's Basketball All-American teams are teams made up of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball players voted the best in the country by a variety of organizations.

Nicholas Turturro

Nicholas Turturro (born January 29, 1962) is an American actor, known for his role as Sergeant James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue. Nicholas is the younger brother of John Turturro and the cousin of Aida Turturro.

Steve Hartman (sportscaster)

Steven Ward "Steve" Hartman (born July 4, 1958 in Hollywood, California) is the host of The Loose Cannons, a sports radio talk show on Fox Sports Radio based in San Diego, California along with Mike Costa. He previously hosted a national sports radio show for the Fox Sports Radio Network. He is also a sports anchor/reporter on KTLA television in Los Angeles (not to be confused with CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman). He held a similar position at KCBS/KCAL from 1998 through 2010.

UPI College Basketball Player of the Year

The UPI College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1954–55 season and was discontinued following the 1995–96 season. It was given by United Press International (UPI), a news agency in the United States that rivaled the Associated Press but began to decline with the advent of television news.

Five players—Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson—won the award multiple times. Of these five, only Robertson, Walton and Sampson were three-time UPI Players of the Year.

UCLA had the most all-time winners with six. Ohio State was second with four winners, while Cincinnati and Virginia were tied for third with three winners apiece. Five other schools had two winners and sixteen schools had only one UPI Player of the Year.

Eight of the winners were sophomores, seven were juniors, and the remaining 27 were seniors. No freshman was ever presented the award.

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