The many lives of Youree Dell Harris, a.k.a. the ‘psychic’ Miss Cleo, dead at 53
Muhammad Ali passed away last Friday June 3, 2016, at the age of 74; We have lost a great number of pop cultural icons in less than 6 months of 2016; Prince, David Bowie, and many more. In my opinion Muhammad Ali was truly the greatest boxer of my generation, others may have had there Favorites. Some can say the “Brown Bomber” Joe Louis, or Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson, maybe Sugar Ray Leonard. Thats just how it is. We also had our Montanas, Aarons,Mantles,Namaths,Jordans and Jim Browns to.
What I liked about Ali he just really walked the walk, and talked the talk, just fun to watch in and out of the boxing ring, and was the best of the best, but sadly was one of the ones that hung around much to long. A very sad demise, sad to watch It reminded me of when I saw Frank Sinatra live in the early 1990s, at Radio City Music Hall, painful. Muhammad Ali made up for it very well after his ring days were long over with an amazing legacy, with things like lighting the Olympic torch to start the 1996 Atlanta Summer games.
My all time favorite interview that Ali gave was with Brent Musburger on CBS. I think in the early 80s, He may have been preparing for a fight with Leon Spinks, or Larry Holmes, forgive me it was 35 or 36 years ago truly at the end of the line of Ali’s boxing career. I have searched on You Tube, and have not been able to locate the interview, but Ali was at his best at being Muhammad Ali till the end. I as a kid of the late 1960s; and was very fortunate, and lucky to have been able to watch Ali box on TV many times, also through out the decade of the 1970s, and as an adult in the 1980s
In my opinion the greatest boxing title championship fight ever, and with the most hype ever, was as billed the “rumble in the Jungle”. Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman in Zaire Africa, AIi was technically washed up, it was two Olympic Gold Medal winners duking it out. I saw the fight live on close circuit TV with my older brother, and my father at the old Scope in Norfolk VA in 1975; A place where basketball games were played, and rock concerts are performed. It was on this big screen bigger than a movie, just one of those things you never forget. I wont spoil it, and say who won that fight.
Well many of Muhammad Ali’s boxing contemporary’s are also no longer with us. Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, and Sonny Liston are all long gone. I’ll just say the Simon and Garfunkle line in the song Mrs Robinson rings very true, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Joltin Joe has left, and gone away”. I know what it meant then, and it means even more now.
Eagles co founder, has died Glenn Lewis Frey was an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Glen Frey was an occasional actor appearing in films such as Jerry Maguire, Frey also appeared in the hit late 1980’s TV show wiseguy. The Detroit Michigan native was a founding member of the hit rock band the Eagles. Glenn Frey was Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, as a member of The Eagles
Natalie Cole dies at the age of 65 on December 31, 2015; The chart topping singer, and daughter of the late crooner r Nat King Cole died of congestive heart failure. She had been plagued with many health issue in recent years. Natalie Cole has won 9 Grammys in her long successful career.
Wayne Rogers was one of the original cast members of the long running hit TV show MASH. He played Captain John McIntyre. Wayne Rogers was a frequent c0- star in three movies starring Paul Newman. He was in Cool Hand Luke 1967,WUSA 1972, and Pocket Money 1972
Poppi Harlow, who recently got married to Sinisa Babcic, they are expecting there first child. They are having a girl due this spring.
Frank Sinatra, the greatest singer on the planet even still since is death in 1998, is 100 years old. The great director Otto Preminger, said he would have been one of the greatest actors if he would have focused on acting, but we all know what ole blue eyes day job was. I have a few favorite Sinatra movies. I like the star studded From Here To Eternity, also starring, Burt Lancaster, and Montgomery Clift, and The small movie called Suddenly, a very well made film. Happy birthday Frank