[FoRK] Illuminating Lipsyte anecdote about Ali...

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Jun 7 11:30:30 PDT 2016

My childhood was filled with stories and images of Muhammad Ali, Bruce 
Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nolan Bushnell, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, 
and Richard Nixon.

Never apologize for who you are, even in the face of great diversity, no 
matter where it leads.


On 6/7/2016 11:24 AM, Rohit Khare wrote:
> http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2016/06/robert_lipsyte_on_muhammad_ali_s_opposition_to_vietnam_the_boxer_s_sense.html
> we were rushing to a plane in an airport. I really wanted to make the
> flight and get home. As we’re rushing, a small older woman stood in front
> of us with one of those throwaway cameras, and he stopped and he posed. She
> took the picture. I grabbed his arm—come on, come on, let’s go. “Wait,” he
> said. “She had the lens cap on.”
> He reached over and very delicately took off the lens cap and posed again,
> took the picture. He said, “She would have felt bad the rest of her life
> that she didn’t get that picture.” I said, “Yeah but we’re going to miss
> the plane.” He said, “We’re not going to miss the plane. They’ve got to
> wait for me.” And they did. Then we got to the plane and he said, “Sit by
> me, Bob.” And I said, “Well, I can’t. I have an economy-class ticket. You
> have a first-class ticket.” He said, “Sit by me. I’m the champ. They’ll let
> you sit there.” And they did.
> In some strange sort of way, I keep thinking about that. This enormous
> kindness, this incredible narcissism, and also this sense of who he was and
> what other people thought of him. It’s a very small moment but it meant a
> lot to me.
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