Alison Garwood Jones

The Champ

June 15, 2016

I briefly experienced Muhammad Ali’s dynamism and generous personality.

It was 1986, my high school prom, and word spread on the dance floor that Muhammad Ali was staying in a room at the hotel we had booked. A group of boys said, Let’s go up and meet him. I think I was the only girl who joined them.

Ali’s hotel door was open and he waved us in. He graciously shook my hand and then started play boxing with each of the boys, giving them his signature Ali smack talk.

Ali moved the culture forward. Black Superman, indeed.

No,  just Superman.

Muhammad Ali with my classmatesThe Champ with Mark, Ian and Bill. I should have got in the picture!



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