Saturday, June 04, 2016

"Keep on Sassing"

Cassius Clay
Muhammad Ali passed away last Friday night. Officially it was from Parkinson's disease.


That may be technically correct, but we all know the many years that he was "The Greatest" in the boxing ring was what caused the early deterioration and death of his once strong body.

But there's more to life than just "existing." And what he accomplished was quite amazing.

In 1960 he was just a very good young boxer...Cassius Clay was his name then, and he was frustrated by the fact that he had been an Olympic champion, and had won all his matches as a pro...he was still being ignored by almost everyone.   Then, he observed (on Television).....a man wearing high heels and thick makeup named George Wagner...whom he met shortly thereafter, and was
offered  the following advice:

 "A lot of people will pay to see someone shut your mouth. So keep on bragging, keep on sassing and always be outrageous."
Georgeous George

He took it, changed his name to Muhammad Ali...and the rest is ....well, you know.

Oh, George Wagner had also changed his name.  You probably remember him:

Gorgeous George.