There was a time in the 1970s when two of the most famous faces in the world were tied to Louisville. Muhammad Ali and Colonel Harland Sanders remain world famous long after their deaths. Ali's humanitarian work shines in spite of a tumultuous era where he promoted racial segregation with Nation of Islam. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville educates visitors on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Colonel Sanders launched to superstardom through fried chicken, ultimately franchising his secret recipe all around the world. But this 1960s appearance on What's My Line showcased him as an unknown entrepreneur just about to ascend the ladder of fame.
Virtue signaling social justice warriors have some blind spots. They deface the Castleman statue and demand its removal without grasping the full context of John Castleman's story. But never mind the facts. Hide that horrible monument from the WOKE folks. Their pure hearts have never made mistakes or been in need of longterm enlightenment. Have the WOKE warriors ever watched clips of Muhammad Ali when he promoted racial segregation? Ali fiercely preached against white and black people dating or daring to make babies. "Every intelligent person wants his child to look like him. I want to blot out my race and lose my beautiful identity? Who want to spot up yourself and kill your race?" No one is throwing paint all over the
How did the world's most famous entertainer get from here... to here? The sweet face of young Michael Jackson soared to worldwide fame first with his brothers in the Jackson 5. Then Michael's star bolted into unprecedented superstardom with his solo work, especially Thriller. Some family dysfunction became public knowledge once Michael split from the group. The patriarch Joseph Jackson was a fierce disciplinarian and thought to be exploitative of his sons. A rift developed between Jermaine and Michael as both tried to widen their solo identities. Jermaine has a few small hits on the radio. Michael Jackson made billionaire status, spent most of it with reckless abandon, accused Sony Music's chairman of stealing his money, and then dragged his ragged self back into
John Lennon. A piano. Imagine. Imagine: The Ultimate Collection is a 3-disc collection of Lennon music due this fall. One of the discs contains stripped-down song demos like the one above. Louisville's iconic son once tried to sing with Lennon's up-and-coming band in 1964. Imagine that, too.
Imagine how Muhammad Ali would have been destroyed by today's virtue signaling youth once they heard his views promoting racial segregation. The internet mob would have chased Ali into oblivion for pulling at the corners of his eyelids to imitate a Chinese man. "They love (their) little slant-eyed pretty brown skin babies." On mixed race children, Ali asked "Who want to spot up yourself and kill your race? You're a hater of your race if you don't wanna stay who you are. You ashamed of what God made you?" But Ali is forgiven for his brash promotion of racial segregation during the 1960s (and well into the 80s). He was simply spouting his religious beliefs according to his mentor Elijah Muhammad,
THE GREATEST OF ALLLLLLLLLLLL TIIIIIIMMMMMMMME! Muhammad Ali was one of the most beloved, most hated, most intriguing figures in American history. A new book by Jonathan Eig is perhaps the most thoroughly detailed, heavily researched looks at Ali's fascinating life. Growing up on Piper Court in Louisville's Glenafton subdivision, our next door neighbors were the Sadlos. Henry & Pat had six children (Henry Jr, Cathy, Frank, Susan, Linda, and Jim) and they treated the fourteen Meiners children as additional family members. Our homes were wide open for each other. We just walked in to find the Sadlo or Meiners we sought. That's how we rolled in the 60s and 70s. The above book passage gives great insight into
My son Simon Meiners discovered a fascinating coincidence from March 6, 1964. Two men who would become the most recognizable figures in the world both made life changing decisions that would forever impact their separate legacies. As the millennial kids perpetually run from their whiteness, surely it's OK to point out that Col. Sanders (in this context) is the original snowflake.
Chance the Rapper gave a beautiful performance in honoring Muhammad Ali at the ESPY awards. That was terrific. But the greatest of all time component of this post involves the Green Bay Packers tandem of Rodgers-to-Rodgers. Aaron and Richard, both Rodgers, won the ESPY for Play of the Year for their incredible Hail Mary pass and catch after the play clock expired The Packers stunned the Detroit Lions. Sweet.
EXCLUSIVE: Home video of Cassius Clay and his family from the early 60s shows soon-to-be Muhammad Ali at the new Clay home in Louisville's Newburg neighborhood, the champ thwarting his mother's attempt to put a crown on his head, playful banter in Miami and Lewiston, Maine prior to both of the Sonny Liston fights. The videos were provided by the family of Muhammad Ali's first attorney, the late Henry Sadlo Sr. The image below shows a rare dual autograph as both Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay, signed to Mr. Sadlo in 1994. The inscription reads "We both fooled Cosell." BONUS VIDEO: Ali in 1968, advocating segregation, awaiting prison, $280,000 in debt, severing ties with his Louisville syndicate, shocked by a