"The Angry Black Athlete"

High in the LA Coliseum stands, Tommie Smith stood in a huddle of friends.  Smith, the sprinter who holds ten world records, had just won a 200-meter dash that was one of the most important of his life.  A radioman thrust a long microphone toward him and began, “Tommy, you ran with real power out there…”  Call it black power” said Smith.  End of interview.

Newsweek  July 15, 1968

"The Angry Black Athlete"

High in the LA Coliseum stands, Tommie Smith stood in a huddle of friends.  Smith, the sprinter who holds ten world records, had just won a 200-meter dash that was one of the most important of his life.  A radioman thrust a long microphone toward him and began, “Tommy, you ran with real power out there…”  Call it black power” said Smith.  End of interview.

Newsweek  July 15, 1968



"When i went to bed Thursday night I had made up my mind to accept the offer. So at least my wife got to sleep with a millionaire for the night, anyway."

Joe Paterno on turning down a $1 million contract to become head coach and general manager of the New England Patriots.

Newsweek  January 22, 1973




Frazier insists he’s ready to tackle anyone.  What about Clay [Ali]?  ‘If Muhammad comes back,’ Frazier says reverently, ‘I’ll be here waiting for him.’

Newsweek  July 31, 1967
And so he did on March 8, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, winning a unanimous decision over his great nemesis Muhammad Ali after 15 rounds of devastating, patented left hooks.    Joe William Frazier 1944-2011
Photo: AP

Frazier insists he’s ready to tackle anyone.  What about Clay [Ali]?  ‘If Muhammad comes back,’ Frazier says reverently, ‘I’ll be here waiting for him.’

Newsweek  July 31, 1967

And so he did on March 8, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, winning a unanimous decision over his great nemesis Muhammad Ali after 15 rounds of devastating, patented left hooks.    Joe William Frazier 1944-2011

Photo: AP