Cracking the Mystery of 'Red' McDavid
"Excuse me," I said. "Do you know Taj?"
"Taj McDavid? Some people call him 'Red'..."
She paused for a moment. Not for dramatic effect. Just because sometimes people pause. "Ohhhh, Red—the boy who used to dribble the basketball."
"He's inside his mama's house," she said, nodding toward the white rectangular structure at 9 Brown Street. "Just knock."
So, haltingly, I approached, climbed four crudely positioned wood steps and took a deep breath. The home featured white plastic paneling, many of the pieces accented with an unwelcome coat of gold rust. I could hear the faint noise of a TV coming from inside. In the rear, a dog barked.