Thanks for sharing your story Mark - about Billie-Mean King
Sorry about your family loss - hope all is OK.
I recall back in the early 80s when BJK came to Australia and was playing doubles with Sharon Walsh. They just won a match 6-0, 6-0 and I went up to BJK after the match and started asking her all about Francoise Durr! Anyway, BJK was great and talked with me for about 5 mins - never once worrying that I had no interest in her at all!
Then to make my day, she then asked me to wait while she went into the dressing rooms before reappearing with a pen and paper for me to write my address down so she could give it to Frankie for me!!!! I said thanks and congratulated her on the doubles win and then she smacked a kiss right on my lips!!!!!!!
Of course I loved it, and one of my best friends was watching from about 10 yards away in shock.
I told my grandmother a few days later and she said "Don't you dare tell anyone she kissed you!" My grandmother was horrified that she was a lesbian!
Anyway, I have since dealt with BJK many times about tennis videos and she has always been a pleasure.
You were unfortunate to get her at a very difficult time just after the Marilyn incident.
Of course I am envious that you got to see all those legends live in WTT and the Virginia Slims circuit in the golden days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!