Wendell Newton Smith: What He’s thankful for

Will Smith just gave the Lakers a lesson on ‘togetherness’ and ‘gratitude’

The legendary filmmaker was interviewed by CBS’ Jan Crawford for a special on how he’s changed and what he’s thankful for, as well as the challenges he has faced in his career.

You know what? I’m going to be really, really blessed to have someone like [Jobs] come and tell me what I can be thankful for. And for him to do that is a thing of beauty.

“Life is like a box of chocolates. It’s either a chocolate or a plain box of chocolates. There’s no in-between.”

—Jobs, March 2008

Watch the video below for more of the interview.

Wendell Newton Smith (Wendell) and J. D. Smith (Judd) were born on the same day in 1955 in Philadelphia. His parents had a passion for sports. His father was in varsity tennis, football and basketball.

I’ve heard stories of how the three-point shot was invented by a basketball player I’m sure we’ll hear about in here. Anyway, Wendell got into the NBA and Judd Smith ended up at the University of Pennsylvania, where he played for Joe Paterno. They were all in high school and they were all from Penn. They were buddies. They played on the same basketball teams. They lived in the same area. They were all friends.

They met later on and they bonded and they’ve been inseparable ever since. That’s where the story goes. They made a movie together. It wasn’t a huge hit, but it earned pretty good money. It was a documentary about his life. And this is important to remember: I’ve only known Judd for about 15 minutes. I never met Wendell and I’ve never met Joe Paterno. The thing is that I didn’t know Wendell. But I knew Judd. So I had a little bit of an advantage of actually knowing these guys and I was able to make that film. But then when it came out

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