In his 66 years on this earth, Tom Konchalski has never owned an answering machine or driven a car.
Since 1979, his lone occupation has been scouting high school basketball players, a job he does by pen, paper and typewriter.
Outside East Coast basketball circles he is anonymous, and yet in the last month two major media outlets have shined their light on the legendary New York-based scout.
First the New York Times composed a tidy profile of Konchalski's career. Then this week, Grantland documentarian Jonathan Hock released a short-but-brilliantly-open-ended film (see above) about Konchalski's work that maybe, sorta, kinda doubled as a paean to Hock's father.
I'm 95 percent sure I saw Konchalski about six months ago at an All-Star game between the best players in New York City and Philadelphia. Either that, or there's another tall, white, aging scout who sits in the back row of East Coast gyms.
I had no idea who the guy was. Wish I would have said "hi."
Either way, it's nice to know that if you do what you love and you do it well, a few folks might pat you on the back some day.
Oh and if you're curious about what happened at the Philly-NYC All-Star game, I do recall that Rysheed Jordan, the fourth-best unsigned player in the class of 2013, dropped about 28 points in the first half.