'Benji' was riveting TV
Staff writer Bob Asmussen took in ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 premiere of “Benji” on Tuesday night. His take:
"Touching. Tragic. A senseless killing. We can only guess what kind of impact Ben Wilson would have had on Chicago had he not lost his life as a high school senior. Maybe he becomes the next Michael Jordan. Or an early version of LeBron James. After just two seasons on the Simeon High School basketball team, he was anointed the nation's top basketball player. Almost 30 years later, the story resonates in Illinois. Tuesday night, the rest of the country got to see Nick Anderson, Michael Wilbon, Lou Henson, Taylor Bell and countless others sing the praises of the phenom. But credit the directors for going beyond the mythical story and digging into what really happened. The interview with the man convicted of killing Wilson was a brilliant addition."