Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Gertrude Stein 75 Years -- July 27, 2021


Author Gertrude Stein, who grew up in Oakland but spent most of her life in France, died 75 years ago today, on 27-July-1946. I haven't read any of her books since college. The dog's name was Basket. Man Ray took the photo in 1926.

"You look ridiculous if you dance
You look ridiculous if you don't dance
So you might as well dance."

Monday, July 26, 2021

Dancing Ali Stops Ellis in Twelfth Round -- July 26, 2021

San Bernardino Sun, 27-July-1971

50 years ago today, former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali met Jimmy Ellis, an old sparring partner who had won the tournament to replace Ali when he was stripped of his title. Ali won.

"Jimmy Ellis is the best boxer in the world beside me."

Dancing Ali Stops Ellis in Twelfth Round


HOUSTON (AP) - Muhammad Ali, the dancy, boxing master of old, unleashed a two-fisted attack in the 12th round and stopped former sparring partner Jimmy Ellis in the Astrodome last night in his first fight since losing a heavy-weight title fight with Joe Frazier.

The end came at 2:12 of the final round with the outgunned Ellis completely helpless from a barrage of lefts and rights that sent him reeling around the ring.

Ellis almost went down twice from Ali's two-fisted attack and was standing along the ropes with his hands at his sides when referee Jay Edson signaled a halt.

It was a brilliant exhibition of jabbing, footwork and precision punching, and Ali's best showing since his return to the ring after a 3 1/2-year exile because of a draft evasion conviction which recently was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The fight was the first of a planned series of three by Ali, who is gunning for a rematch with Joe Frazier and the heavyweight title he held before being stripped because of his draft troubles.

It was a fairly even fight for the first three rounds with Ellis, the former World Boxing Association champion who was giving away 31 1/2 pounds, forcing the fight and giving as good as he got.

But in the fourth round the 29-year-old Ali, who weighed 220 1/2, the heaviest of his career, shook up Ellis, 189, a couple of times and from there on he was in charge.

Ali was content for most of each round to use his reach advantage and spear Ellis repeatedly with what is one of the best left jabs in boxing.

However, he occasionally shook Ellis with a short right hand counter or right hand off the jab, especially in the 10th when Ellis again was badly hurt.

Ali opened the 12th round as though he would be content to win by a decision. Referee Jay Edson and both judges had Ali ahead after 11 rounds, Edson by a lopsided 110-93 which, under the 10-point must system, meant he gave Ali every round. Judge Earl Keel had it 108-102 and judge Ernie Taylor had it 107-104.

But suddenly, about midway in the last round, Ali hurt Ellis with a short right to the jaw, then drove him back with a left hook to the head that buckled Ellis' knees.

Ali leaped to the attack and began driving Ellis around the ring with straight lefts and short rights that left Ellis helpless.

Edson said he stopped it "because his eyes were bleary. There was no question in my mind he was hurt. Angelo Dundee was ready to come into the ring."

Dundee, who had been in Ali's corner as trainer in all his previous victories and for his loss to Frazier, was in Ellis' corner last night as manager and trainer.

In the fourth round, Ali, who was on his toes for almost the entire bout, staggered Ellis with a short right and then sent Ellis against the ropes with a left-right-left. Ellis escaped but was dazed and punching wildly at the end of the round.

In the 10th, Ali, who showed much more speed and crisper punching than he had his comeback victories over Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena and in his loss to Frazier, almost sent the game Ellis to the sky-blue covered canvass with a left hook and a right high on the head then had Ellis backing groggily around the ring.

Ali continued to bewilder Ellis in the 11th round, but contented himself with jabs and it looked like the 7-2 underdog would last the route before Ali unleashed his deadly attack in the 12th.

A crowd of 31,947 turned out for the fight which also was shown on closed-circuit television in about 200 locations in the United States and in the Vancouver and Toronto areas of Canada, and also was beamed via satellite to 34 other countries. A spokesman for the Astrodome said the live gate was not immediately available but that it "would be close to $300,000."

Ali, scoring his 32nd victory and 26th knockout in 33 pro fights, was guaranteed $450,000 against an option of 45 per cent of all income.

Ellis, losing for the seventh time in 27 pro fights but for only the second time in 17 bouts as a heavyweight, was guaranteed 20 per cent of all income. His other five losses came as a middleweight.

Jean Shepherd 100 -- July 26, 2021


Humorist Jean Shepherd was probably born 100 years ago today, on 26-July-1921. I remember hearing him on National Public Radio. Everyone loves the movie made from A Christmas Story. I am still envious of his voice.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

4 Negroes Slain by Georgia Mob -- July 25, 2021


Wilmington Morning Star, 27-July-1946

The last mass lynching in the United States, so far, took place in Georgia 75 years ago today, on 25-July-1946. A white farmer bailed out a black man, Roger Malcom, a war veteran, who had been accused of stabbing a former boss. As they drove to the farmer's home with the accused's wife, Dorothy and another African-American couple, George W Dorsey and his wife Mae, a mob stopped the car and murdered the Malcoms and the Dorseys with guns. The Moore's Ford Lynchings shocked many people in the United States, including President Harry S Truman. Federal and state investigators were not able to find enough evidence to convict any perpetrators.

60-Shot Broadside Mows
Victims Down 50 Miles
From Atlanta

MONROE Ga., July 25. -- (U.P) -- More than a score of white men, led by a six-foot-three giant wearing a black "Simon Legree" hat, dragged four terrified, pleading negroes from a car on a desolate Georgia road Thursday and lynched them with a 60-shot broadside from rifles, shotguns and pistols.

A horrified witness of the mass lynching was J. Loy Harrison, a prosperous Oconee county farmer. Harrison was driving the Negroes -- two men and their wives -- to his farm after posting $600 bond to release one of them from jail where he was held on charges of stabbing a former white employer.

Would Know Lynchers

Harrison vowed that he would recognize two of the lynches if he ever saw them again -- the strapping leader of the band and an undersized youth in G I clothes who held a shotgun at his head while the Negroes were hustled into the woods and mowed down.

The U. S. Justice department joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Walton County Sheriff E. S. Gordon in an immediate investigation of what Maj. W. E. Spence of the State Bureau of Investigation said was "the worst thing that ever happened in Georgia."

Party Waylaid

The four Negroes and Harrison were waylaid on the approach of a small plank bridge over the Appalachee river dividing Walton and Oconee counties. It was a wild, remote spot where the road was lined with swamp and lush undergrowth, about 10 miles east of Monroe and 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Harrison said the leader of the lynching party was a towering figure of a man, weighing at least 220 pounds. He wore a brown suit and a broad-brimmed black hat, long black hair, mottled with gray, jutted out from his hat and he was deeply sunburned. He spoke like an educated man, giving crisp commands to his fellow lynchers and sounded "like a retired doctor or general." the witness said.

New Cat #89 -- July 25, 2021


My daughter took the photo on 08-July-2021.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Jackie Mason, RIP July 24, 2021


Palm Springs Desert Sun, 28-November-1964

Comedian Jackie Mason has died. He had brilliant timing and delivery. He started out as a rabbi. 

Dr Billy Taylor 100 -- July 24, 2021


Dr Billy Taylor, composer, pianist, activist and educator, was born 100 years ago today, on 24-July-1921. I always enjoyed listening to his programs on National Public Radio. "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free" is his best-known composition.