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Age: 34

Occupation: Writer

Apartment: Three rooms, three closets. Rent: $445

Location: Chatham

Prized Possessions: More than 5,000 baseball cards from several eras, with a focus on former Negro League players who also played in the majors: Larry Doby, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, "Sad" Sam Jones.

All About the Beer: "I have an arrangement with a woman in Georgia--I send her books and she sends me beer."

Not Pictured: Framed photographs of chess grand master Maurice Ashley, Alex Haley, Dizzy Gillespie, Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou, Charles Bukowski--all placed in an orderly fashion around the living room, but on the floor leaning against the wall. "I'm too lazy to hang them up."

Worst Part of Living in Chatham: He's had three visitors in a year and a half.

Multimedia: Boom box, 13-inch color TV

In His Own Words: "I took the place for the closets, 'cause I've got so many goddamn books."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lloyd DeGrane.

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