My childhood hero

There is nothing for me to say here. The man was awesome and still makes me swoon after all these years πŸ˜‰

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21 thoughts on “My childhood hero

  1. mihrank says:

    wow – he is awesome and nothing to add – what a great history!

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    • jamborobyn says:

      I can still remember how surprised I was when he came on TV – the first person I ever saw who looked anything like me. I was so taken with him at 5 years old that I decided he should be my husband when I grew up. hehe

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  2. mihrank says:

    wow – I am always humbled by your words – I guess I am in love with you:)

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  3. trentpmcd says:

    With his disease I often forget that back in the day he was as well known for his eloquence as his boxing. He is the only celebrity I’ve seen out on the street, that is not as part of a performance or something similar, just out in public.

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    • jamborobyn says:

      That’s awesome, Trent! I’m even a little envious of you πŸ˜‰ So many people around the world seem to have all kinds of personal memories of this man, love him or hate him, he really did a fabulous job of entertaining people.

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      • trentpmcd says:

        I was about 12 at the time, which was the height of “Mohammad Ali – mania” . We were at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. For a second I was 5 feet away before security sent the elevator I had taken to beat the crowds back up to another floor. Still, when I made it back down I could still see him towering over the crowd.

        On a different point, I think it’s infuriating how many people in my country want to deny that we had the type of institutionalized racism he describes in the video as recently as the 1960s ad that we are still living with that legacy.

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      • jamborobyn says:

        We’ve got the same challenge here in Australia, ie. I am an unofficial part of the “stolen generation” under the White Australia policy which only ended in the 70’s. We didn’t need to worry all that much about the segregation, instead we went straight ahead and almost eradicated an entire race of people, the aboriginals. You can see how its possible Muhammad Ali was the first black person I saw in my life, on TV or anywhere. Yet the average white Australian still thinks the white Oz policy is a myth even though it is a matter of public record and elements of it still exist in the constitution today, ie. the right of states to exclude people from voting on the basis of race.

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      • trentpmcd says:

        The record of European colonizers across the world isn’t that great, is it? Hopefully the future will be better, though you can’t heal a disease unless you admit you have it.

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      • jamborobyn says:

        Yeah, colonisation what a terrible idea – kind of belongs right up there with the idea that the world is flat.

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  4. DesertAbba says:

    Wow! What a great interview. Hadn’t ever seen it until now. This certainly is not blather πŸ˜‰

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  5. That’s a great and powerful interview. I never listened to him speaking before.

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  6. Hey Robyn, He was quite handsome in the video and spoke well. Great to learn that he was always curious. That’s the sign of a thinker!
    Waall pilgrim, I was gonna marry John Wayne one day. He was old enough to be my grandfather but what they heck! πŸ™‚

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    • jamborobyn says:

      That’s classic Wendy. I can see you guys at the altar, a tiny wee girl alongside old high pants, himself! Sorry I missed your comment, it’s certainly making me laugh. I used to love his movies, he was always such a hero.

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