January 9, 1998 |
Jeremiah Shabazz, 70, former minister of Mosque No. 12 of the Philadelphia Nation of Islam and confidant and adviser to Muhammad Ali, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday. It was Mr. Shabazz, a family member said, who in 1960 persuaded boxer Cassius Clay to become a follower of Elijah Muhammad and to become Muhammad Ali. In the late 1970s, Mr. Shabazz joined Ali's entourage, and news accounts at the time refer to him as the boxer's "top aide," "administrative assistant" and "legal counsel," although he had no law degree.
February 4, 2013 |
MUHAMMAD ALI'S daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl. May May Ali said she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey. "He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press . "These rumors pop up every once in a while, but there's nothing to them.
September 15, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world-champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.
February 25, 2011 |
In February 1973, Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali a robe embroidered with the words, "The People's Champion. " In return, Ali presented Elvis with a set of boxing gloves inscribed "You're the Greatest. " It's been more than 33 years since "the King" passed away, but the two legends are reunited at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, as part of "Elvis and Ali: American Icons," a dual documentary exhibition. The exhibits, "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Al Wertheimer," and "Muhammad Ali: The making of an icon," chronicle the stars' rise to fame through photography, essays and film.
February 13, 2002 |
MUHAMMAD ALI is the Dalai Lama of the post-Sept. 11 world - the beatific sweetheart we call on to sanctify every important moment. He is always available to symbolize, well, whatever the heck you want. The Champ, who may be the world's most famous Muslim and the world's most famous American, is certainly the world's most famous Muslim-American, and he has been using that status for the good. He made news recently by pleading, in Allah's name, for the release of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
August 15, 2012 |
Free tickets to the Liberty Medal ceremony honoring boxing legend Muhammad Ali will become available to the public at 10 a.m. today. Ali, 70, whose movement and speech have been slowed by Parkinson's disease, will attend the formal award ceremony. Because he is not physically able to deliver an acceptance speech, his wife, Yolanda, will speak in his stead. The ceremony will take place Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. on the front lawn at the National Constitution Center. About 250 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
August 30, 2012 |
A 10,000-square-foot Tuscan-style villa in Cherry Hill that boxing great Muhammad Ali bought in 1971 and sold in 1974 is scheduled for auction on Sept. 8. The five-bedroom, 41/2-bath house at 1121 Winding Dr., off Kresson Road, is listed at $1.9 million, according to Trend, the region's Multiple Listing Service. The auction will be conducted by Robert Salvato, of AC Auctions L.L.C. of Ventnor. Patricia Friedrichs, of Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, is the listing agent for the house, which was completely renovated after Ali sold it for $175,000 to Anthony J. Micale, 74, president of Micale Management Corp.
July 25, 2012 |
Free tickets to the 2012 Liberty Medal ceremony honoring boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be made available to the public on August 14. Ali, 70, whose movement and speech have been slowed by Parkinson's disease, will attend the formal award ceremony. Because he is not physically able to deliver an acceptance speech, his wife, Yolanda, will speak in his stead. The ceremony will take place Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. on the front lawn at the National Constitution Center. About 250 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
May 19, 1999 |
Recently, I tuned in to a television program, Touched by an Angel, that I seldom watch. The attraction to the Sunday evening show was a cameo appearance by former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Ali's role was to convey a positive message to a confused youngster. But I was hardly prepared for how much Ali's physical condition had eroded. He has become a tragic figure. Though it wasn't meant to happen, he came off as an extremely depressed version of his former self.
January 26, 2010
REMATCH IN A dinky hockey rink in Lewiston, Maine. Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in the first round. Knocks him out with a short, swift punch that is so short, so swift, so lethal that the cynics looked at the slo-mo replay over and over and over, the way they scanned the Zapruder film frame-by-frame. And even then they weren't sure of what they hadn't seen. Ali told them the knockout right hand was an "anchor punch" and that he'd learned it from old-time movie comic Stepin Fetchit, who had learned it from the legendary heavyweight, Jack Johnson.