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Bill Russell guest list fitting tribute to a great man

Those legends who converged on Boston Friday afternoon were staggering. NBA legends. Musical legends. Political dignitaries. An NFL icon. An Emmy award-winning actress all made their way to the Northeast on an overcast day to honor the greatest Celtic, Bill Russell.

And ironically, a ceremony that was moved to the 33d floor of the State Room because of weather concerns offered a breathtaking backdrop of a progressively clearing day in Boston. By the time Russell stepped to the podium to speak after being honored with a statue at City Hall, the sun broke through, and there was a rainbow.

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