Another origin story places it at a University of Louisville Cardinals basketball practice during the 1978–1979 season.
Forward Wiley Brown went to give a plain old low five to his teammate Derek Smith, but suddenly Smith looked Brown in the eye and said, “No. Up high.” Brown thought, “yeah, why are we staying down low? We jump so high,” raised his hand and the high five was supposedly born.
High fives can be seen in highlight reels of the 1978–1979 Louisville team. During a telecast of a 1980 game, announcer Al McGuire shouted: “Mr. Brown came to play! And they’re giving him the high-five handshake. High five!”
There was always the implication that you do things willy-nilly simply to achieve a certain look. Nonsense. Everything one does must make sense, must be practical, because the problems are practical ones. In this regard design differs from painting. But the formal problems are identical. One still must cope with issues of color, proportion, scale, and myriad relationships.
Paul Rand, from Mildred Friedman’s Graphic Design In America: A Visual Language History
Michael Buchino is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon. Since 2014, he has kept a log of curiosities. His nescient Twitter ramblings can be found via @buchino. Sometimes he responds to Gmails addressed to michaelbuchino. His now-quiescent blog Beard Revue was named Best of Portland in 2010.