Did Dominique Wilkins and Doc Rivers Take the First "Selfie" Ever?
Steve Holman/Atlanta Hawks
The voice of the Hawks, Steve Holman, may have uncovered history.
If you haven't heard of the word "selfie," you've probably been living under a rock...or at least without a smartphone. The modern day term refers to taking your own photo with a camera, usually a phone, and uploading it to social media for the world to see.
The term "super selfies" may not be as common, but that's the group version of a single selfie. The reliable (?) Internet site Wikipedia says group selfies have been traced back to photos taken in the late 1990s, but Holman has found evidence that may give historians reasons to rewrite history books.
When the Hawks went to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1988, Holman was there, and it appears he brought a video camera to document the trip. It was historic, after all, as the Hawks became the first NBA team to play a game there, so it's understandable that he'd want to remember it. But somewhere along the way, Holman caught another act on tape. That's right...the photo above seems to show Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and 1988 teammate Doc Rivers, now the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a selfie!
Holman probably thought nothing of it at the time, but now...now it's iconic. He tweeted the revolutionary discovery on Thursday:
— Steve Holman (@RealVoiceofHawk) May 29, 2014
We need to track down the owner of that camera and hope he got the film developed!
We'll never know if this was the first modern day selfie ever taken, but it could very well have been the first one ever recorded. If so, we're proud to say we've paved the way for young Millennials' photo-taking habits today.
Story by Jaryd Wilson