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A Sad Note

Older ACC fans will remember Lou Bello, a basketball official who later made the unconventional jump to TV sports news.  Bello was a part of the first golden age of ACC basketball, a bon vivant of officiating who made an impression on people in much the same way that Bones McKinney or Jim Valvano did:  he was gregarious, brilliantly funny, and beloved.

His daughter seems to have had a fairly opposite temperament.  Born in 1954, Susan Bello was one of the very last polio victims (the vaccine was announced while she was being treated in the hospital).  She turned out to be a brilliant woman, although, unlike her father, perhaps because of her struggles after polio, she was very reserved.

She passed away in July, according to the N&O, of leukemia.