Larry Bird unintentionally created his own nickname shortly after arriving in Boston, when the press learned he had offhandedly called himself “a hick from French Lick”… Larry Bird married Dinah Mattingly on 1 October 1989. They have a son, Connor, and a daughter, Mariah, both by adoption… Magic Johnson led the Michigan State University team that beat Bird’s Indiana State team for the 1979 NCAA championship… Johnson wrote the foreword to Bird’s 1989 autobiography (written with Bob Ryan), Drive: The Story of My Life…His personal life made news in 1998 when his daughter, Corrie Bird, said in an Oprah Winfrey TV interview that she regretted their lack of relationship. Larry Bird was married to Janet Condra from 1975-76, and has been estranged from Condra and their daughter Corrie (born 14 August 1977) ever since. Larry Bird said in his 1989 autobiography, “I’ve never really known how to handle the situation.”
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