Remembrances of Love, with Wilt Chamberlain
[ open on modern-day Wilt Chamberlain, sitting in his study next to a table stacked high with files on the women he’s dated ]
Wilt Chamberlain: I love women. I’ve had 20,000 relationships with beautiful, fascinating women in my life, every day since 1959, and all of them were special in their own way. Tonight.. [ pulls out a picture ] ..I remember Cheryl – #13,906, but in my heart, she was #2,078. Cheryl was so full of life, love and laughter. [ sniffs ] Mmm.. I can smell her perfume even now..[ scene flashes back to Wilt’s time spent with Cheryl ]
Wilt Chamberlain V/O: It was 1972. The year the Lakers and I went all the way. A special year all around.[ show exterior, Marriot Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ]
Cheryl: [ laughing ] So.. I figured, if the line for the movie is that long, it can’t be any good! [ laughs ]
Wilt Chamberlain: [ chuckles ] That’s terrific!
Cheryl: Oh.. Wilt? I’m such a big fan of yours.
Wilt Chamberlain: Oh, what’s there to say about me? I play basketball. But tell me more about you.
Cheryl: Yeah, well, anyway.. I saw “Cabaret” instead, and that was excellent! It was good.
Wilt Chamberlain: Yeah. Can you imagine that those people were living in tough, old times, trying to make the best of an intolerable situation?
Cheryl: Oh, I know..
Wilt Chamberlain: And how was that Joel Grey?
Cheryl: [ sighs ] The whole cast was excellent!
Wilt Chamberlain V/O: I was totally head over heels for Cheryl. Maybe I was feeling a little vulnerable. I was on the rebound from a previous relationship with a girl who was still in the bathroom. But there was no time for analyzing – I’ve always followed my heart.
Wilt Chamberlain: Cheryl? I don’t know how to say this.. it’s like.. when we’re together, it’s just so right!
Cheryl: Oh, I feel it, too.
Wilt Chamberlain: Like, remember the time when we talked about “Cabaret”?
Cheryl: Uh-huh. Yeah. When you said that it was making the best of an intolerable situation?
Wilt Chamberlain: Yes. You’re just so.. so wonderful!
Cheryl: [ moves up to kiss Wilt, and carries him and his big legs into the bed ][ pan over to the clock on the dresser, which quickly jumps ahead 15 minutes, then pans back to the bed, where Wilt and Cheryl are now seen smoking afterwards. ]
Wilt Chamberlain: You are one amazing woman..
Cheryl: Oh.. it was wonderful, Wilt!
Wilt Chamberlain: Look.. I got a game tomorrow in Cleveland.. I could fly you in, and we could spend halftime together. Just you.. and me.
Cheryl: I don’t think so, Wilt..
Wilt Chamberlain: What do you mean?
Wilt Chamberlain V/O: I tried to argue.. but, deep down inside, Cheryl was right – it just wasn’t there any more. We had drifted apart, and we just couldn’t keep faking it.
Cheryl: I’ll always remember you, Wilt. [ exits room ]
Wilt Chamberlain: How could I forget you? [ tears well up in his eyes, as someone knocks at the door ] Come in..
Fan: Mr. Chamblerlain? My brother is a really big fan of yours.
Wilt Chamberlain: [ eyes her down ] Oh? Well, please.. come on in, sit down.. I want to hear more about you.. [ points to the table ] I’ve still got some french fries. Feel free!
Wilt Chamberlain: Mmm-hmm..
Announcer: Next week: the heartbreak of #9,687, on “Remembrances of Love, with Wilt Chamberlain”.