Rest in Peace Cassius Clay

Keeping this short today. Do you remember when a young black boxer made records that had everyone rooting for him? I wasn’t a boxing fan and this man was younger that I was. His charisma lasted until his death this past weekend. Does anyone remember what he did when the draft called on him to fight? 

Just for fun, share two facts about him.

From Of Mountains and Mysteries,  just barely birthed!

Jamie has just turned 18. She lives in the North Georgia Mountains and drives beat up old truck she starts with a screw driver.

Over the noise of the wind blowing in her windows and her radio she caught a deep horn blast behind her. A glance in her rear-view mirror made her heart stop. Crap! A big rig loomed so close to her tailgate she could almost feel it pushing her. She jerked the steering wheel to the right and tried to pull onto the shoulder. What shoulder? She couldn’t see anything past the guardrail but a sheer drop. Yanking the wheel to the left put her back in the path of the truck and then in the wrong lane. Thank God there was no one coming. The wind from the eighteen wheeler shook her heavy duty truck as it barreled past her.

As soon as she saw the back of the vehicle that could have smashed into her and pushed her off the mountain she spotted a car coming toward her. Oh, God! A yank on the wheel sent her back into her lane and so far right her tires threw gravel and she’d have sworn they rolled on air. She knew how to compensate on ice but not when she had only two tires on the road and two in air.   Should she have stayed where she was? Was she gonna die because she decided to get away for a while?

Of Mountains and Mysteries

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11 Responses to Rest in Peace Cassius Clay

  1. sudiecrouch says:

    Reblogged this on sudiecrouch and commented:

    Love how my dear friend Mary Marvella is remembering Cassius Clay…My memories of him involve me watching him on TV, hearing his famous, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” line. I may have been just a youngster, but I knew cool when I saw it.

    RIP, The Greatest

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  2. Josie says:

    Very nice, tribute, MM. Yes, I remember. He refused the draft and said “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pamela Devereux says:

    Growing up with 4 brothers, I did see several of his bouts in the 70’s. Also, loved the back and forth between him and Howard Cosell. RIP

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  4. His given name was Casius Clay. He was very charimatic. RIP.

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  5. marymarvella says:

    thanks for your comment, authormjflornoy!


  6. Charlene says:

    On April 28, 1967, boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the U.S. Army and is immediately stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service. He was fined $10,000 and 5 years in prison. He was a fabulous boxer. Thank you for the tribute.

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  7. nitethyme says:

    I knew nothing about Clay but your story sounds good! Linda


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