“My basketball teammates were my first babysitters.”

Note: Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.

Wil Smith was 27 when he enrolled as a freshman at Bowdoin College in Maine.

But his age wasn’t the only thing that set him apart from his classmates. When Wil set off for school he had his infant daughter, Olivia, in tow.

Now a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad to look back on their college days.

Image of
Play
Stop
 
Feedback
Recorded in

Wil and Olivia recorded this conversation shortly after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Jud Esty-Kendall
Read the Transcript
Click here for the transcript.