Buddy Levy #99
Buddy Levy, 6’0”, began his basketball “career” in Sun Valley, Idaho, where, as a boy, he spent countless hours dribbling a frozen ball on his snow-covered driveway and lofting short-range jumpers against the garage door hoop. The highlight of his career was winning the free-throw competition at Wood River High School’s basketball camp (8 for 10 won him a Wilson ball). In the 1980’s, Levy played intramural basketball at the UI with the Mechanical Engineering team, once losing to a squad of second-string UI football players by double digits. A six-year veteran of the UI Rugby Team, Levy approaches basketball with a rugby mentality and believes that most fouls (and all fouls called on him) are bull@%&*. When not burning up the court, Levy is a writer, educator, public speaker, and co-star of the new hit television series Brad Meltzer’s DECODED on HISTORY, now in its second season. Levy is the author of River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon, as well as Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs; American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett; and Echoes On Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge. As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world, including several Eco-Challenges and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, High Desert Journal, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA. An alumnus of the University of Idaho Master of Arts program with an emphasis in creative writing, he is currently a clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University and lives in Moscow, Idaho, with his wife Camie, his children Logan and Hunter, and his black Labs, Dugan and CJ.