Rest in peace Champ! You will always be Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. and #1 in my heart. Thank you for all the years of great boxing matches. Now you can continue to float like a butterfly.
i begrudged him and his objections for awhile, but got over it. he had his convictions (whatever they were) and stood his ground, paid the price. he certainly didn't need my forgiveness and never knew of it. seeing him light the flame was a wonderful moment in time, i came to more than respect him for what he was and what he became. Godspeed ChampHe was a great boxer, entertainer and even managed to be humanitarian with helping to free the human shields in Iraq. I hate what Parkinson's did to him and countless others. May he rest in peace now.
However I cannot look past the fact he was willing to fight everywhere except for Uncle Sam. Wonder if Obummer will order a flag to half staff for a man who refused to fight for it.
CrayJ after reading your post I realized my second paragraph had no bearing and I should not have written it. It was more personal and political and had no place here. He was a great person and accomplished many things. May he rest in peace.i begrudged him and his objections for awhile, but got over it. he had his convictions (whatever they were) and stood his ground, paid the price. he certainly didn't need my forgiveness and never knew of it. seeing him light the flame was a wonderful moment in time, i came to more than respect him for what he was and what he became. Godspeed Champ
Did not take it as such. Your post made me think and evaluate what I wrote and realize it had no place. I was just a baby during Vietnam. From your sig line I see you were there. You better than I understand the politics of that time.it's still barely America, some places more than others, you can still say what you want. i wasn't chastising anyone, not in my job description LOL
I don't know but could the singer get his head removed for the song???:a33:I had to respect the man as he stuck to his beliefs. He was opposed to killing not fighting. He accomplished many great things but paid the price of being held prisoner inside his own body by Parkinson's. He could have done so much more had he not be taken hostage.
The whole world is mourning today as a great ambassador passed away last night. I saw he was in the hospital from the evening news last night and less than 2 hours later saw that he had died. Not many things will bring a tear to my eye but this event did just that.
My father devoted his life to this country with 24 years USAF and another 26 years running the nuclear weapons program for the Dept of Navy and he did not hold his refusal to go to war against him as he did not wish for anyone to have to suffer having to have to kill anyone. His theory was that the military was not everyone's bag of tea and pointed out the other things that Ali did for the world. My father was one of the biggest Ali fans.
You are old if you remember this song.