Strom retired this year after refereeing in pro basketball since 1957. Helped by newspaperman Johnson, he tells of rising from a mediocre youthful athletic career to NBA officiating. Strom initially worked local and college games, then climbed to the professional ranks and soon proved to be a dominating, assertive official. He was sometimes controversial but always respected for honest integrity. His colorful anecdotes are comparable to those in Ron Luciano's The Umpire Strikes Back ( LJ 4/15/82) and other books. Adult and YA basketball collections will want this.-- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.