“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
Ruffian Tragedy Part II
The blow came with such sickening suddenness that it took several gasping moments to absorb its impact - and its cruel lesson in the fragility of thoroughbred racehorses and of the dreams built around them. At one point last week, the magnificent filly Ruffian was the flamelike fulfillment of generations of planning and dreaming: a huge, nearly black three-year-old with rippling muscles and those rare champion’s eyes that seemed to know that she couldn’t be beaten or even seriously challenged. Then, as she raced alongside the colt Foolish Pleasure in an eargerly awaited, nationally televised match race at New York’s Belmont Park, Ruffian thrust her 1,125-pound body forward onto her delicate thoroughbred legs for the final graceful time… Read on
Newsweek July 21 1975