Joe Frazier Dies Of Liver Cancer
Journalist Jeff Greenfield on the career of the boxing legend.
- Duration 6:42
- Date Nov 8, 2011
Journalist Jeff Greenfield on the career of the boxing legend.
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Actually and I understand why you think that it just was on the New York which would in a time between here and Santa Barbara.
And I thought okay this is -- good excuse to get up early and get done all the things I need to do but the paperback in my book will be out in February and I'm sure that I will -- -- to senior staff to put me on our own -- yeah.
So what do you little subtle -- don't water yeah -- we live and and Congo right.
Who really right on the beach and it's a town and you may remember this given your memory not.
-- -- fifteen years ago I went up to cinema -- take a break out fell in love with the town when it went off to write a book yet thought that in ten years later the book came out there.
Fell in love and married.
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-- -- -- -- Now that I'm not working full time and -- -- network it was time to Salem.
Let's go someplace like.
Your home particularly in the winner's -- split my time.
And here I -- While more beautiful shutters on -- plot -- -- is that it I was portraiture and I've always had that that Woody Allen attitude toward Los Angeles Santa -- at a 150000 people it's a university towns of the slots a culture there's no smog.
And the most importantly -- people live.
More like what I think European -- to live like they don't -- this to work please say you know I'll do this tomorrow this.
I wanna go hiking in the mountains ethical -- My wife tells you the plumbers will call in the morning it's an almost most of picture's sake but -- -- -- and they won't even lie.
I'll see you tomorrow so I'm enjoying it.
One -- one other sorts of you know what shall work myself from the conversation.
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And then the other way polite to Bakersfield.
And LA to Santa Barbara.
Where your -- to try and fraternal all the coast.
While a more -- -- and understand Santa Barbara overnight and.
Trains -- still believe in and out of still running chart of regular commuter trains it's a charming it's just it's so different.
From new York and not come back here and I love New York especially with this weather autumn in New York the wrote a song NASA.
You know you walk everywhere on the other hand come January the idea that I can.
-- outside and a teacher I was also think in today's -- apropos of nothing.
The death of Joseph -- the former heavyweight champion I was at that first Ali Frazier fight forty years ago -- our single most intense.
Amount so -- Nelson Mandela give one of his first became freemen had been a conventions and inaugural I have never been in a place.
Where the emotional frenzy when those two guys moved into the centering -- -- fight while what's it's like two people -- During that try to part attacks at the garden carried out -- body -- and I.
I mentioned to a friend.
I now do not know -- with a heavyweight champion of the world boxing has become so.
In unimportant in the Schwartz -- America do you know without having it -- you know I don't.
That's a deploy -- Russian and one of the rational thought all right but you imagine I mean another fortunately champion and nobody noted -- that -- Vladimir off much.
Now that China but the country and the -- never talked about.
And worn out talking to a public country was.
Riveted soon -- this athletica trapped in these two men.
Even people who were.
Not -- -- driven Schwartz you.
It had it beyond the fact that a heavyweight fight used to be.
As important sporting event is -- perhaps.
You have the narrative we had that we had the -- and you know Cassius Clay.
Beat sunny listen nobody thought he was and then promptly announces he's now -- -- some changes its name defies the draft.
Is benched for three of the most productive years of his life and then -- Supreme Court has oh by the way you're entitled -- draft exemption.
To one defeated guys it was a it was a narrative that you just don't see that at all from.
And all -- Ali characterized.
The treasurer I was so.
To great white hope -- and it and it bingo league -- but yes no that's how for some people that's it was really it was awful and it looks.
We've had such a psychological.
Impact left tremendous scars to have -- the -- under pressure you know we're -- talk about.
Yet -- so it was a it would you're absolutely right that there are occasional events in sports.
We're people who don't care about the sport just get involved sometimes at the Olympics -- happens.
You know I think I think Columbia bureau but this when the Red Sox finally broke the curse after 86 years it's a Chicago Cubs ever made the World Series.
People would because it because they have a one at a 103 years so it happens but nothing nothing I can remember like that first -- Or -- -- -- broke down people who supported one of the other.
Broke down along the lines of Hobbits all the both available absolutely you know after the senate but don't look at come as some -- -- burning of a bit novel I would.
-- you had a very very conservative columnist in New York for the daily news Becton -- -- long programs -- who hated.
I think -- I think I may be -- never called Italy.
He insisted on using Cassius Clay -- -- it was a hello story.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- In the near daily news for him we're reminded may have -- have turned out not to have been terrified I was -- -- second flight.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- analyst -- nominal -- which was which.
Were just about dead by the end of that -- -- Them.
All -- -- events stands out and the memory of my childhood.
Was one Rocky Marciano not -- as tolerant yet because how sudden it was -- But that was also a case like -- -- at the end we're Lewis came back once too often mean that was way past his -- And the same thing -- you remember at the very end with the Ali there's always going to have verified don't know -- -- at all -- government burn old.
Christian duke couldn't imagine anybody to be Joseph lawless -- and there were times that way before that win a fight that would involve a garlic -- People would take special trains to salute to the salute fight -- -- would just -- the whole country and archipelago off on the secures it was -- -- -- but just.