Warren Moon

You better be on time if you want to see a movie with Warren Moon. The former Husky star quarterback, who helped beat Michigan in the 1978 Rose Bowl, is a stickler about showtimes. It's one of the few concrete, character-illuminating nuggets in his new autobiography, Never Give Up on Your Dream (Da Capo, $25). The retired QB, who played the 1997-98 season with the Seahawks and now broadcasts their games, mostly fills the book with inspirational bromides and vague allusions to his DUIs on the Eastside. Born into a large, poor family L.A., he's done well for himself financially after a long career in the CFL and NFL (which ended in 2000), but confesses to carrying a chip on his shoulder about pro scouts considering him too black to play QB. The book sounds more like his co-writer (Don Yaeger) than Moon himself, but one details sticks with me: Moon, apparently a Yoda-quoting movie lover, is still pissed about people showing up late for the 1981 Michael Caine horror flick The Hand. He relates how he and his UW buddy Lorenzo Romar--a former NBA-er now coaching the UW hoops squad--kept whispering at late-comers to the theater, "The movie started at 7:30!" Twenty-eight years later, and he's still irate. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m., 2009

 
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