Bob Nickerson, the Round Man of Roundball, Shows Off His Degree as the Doctor of Dribble
updated 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
Nickerson, a former Marine, started juggling and dribbling 12 years ago to develop eye-hand coordination for martial arts and to stimulate his 3-year-old daughter, Cassandra, who has Down syndrome. He and his wife, Carolyn, a former Navy nurse, live with their three daughters in a mobile home on 25 wooded acres in Asheville, Pa. But Dr. Dribble, as he calls himself, spends about 200 days a year on the road. He has performed at the White House, the Basketball Hall of Fame and Madison Square Garden, as well as at innumerable festivals honoring various crops. ("You name it, and there's a festival for it," he says.) He's no Globetrotter though. "I'm short and fat," he admits, sweat dripping off his nose. "This would be easier if only my arms were six inches longer."