December 25, 2001
Ali comes at you from every direction, much as Muhammad Ali did in his prime. It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting. Everyone who has thrilled to an Ali fight, cheered one of his proclamations or rooted for him in his struggle against disease will want to see it and wrestle with it. This is the rare Hollywood picture worth arguing about. And once the arguments die down, audiences will be left with something that transcends the high points of battles in rings and courthouses - a sense of having been in the boxing shoes and street shoes of a man who embodied the divergent energies of an age. The movie has a hardscrabble integrity and stature.
February 11, 2002
PHILADELPHIA -- They were again in close quarters, sharing popcorn and laughs rather than punches and nasty looks. Ali-Frazier IV was much different from I, II and III. This wasn't the Thrilla in Manila, but the most public detente between these two former world champion boxers and longtime arch-enemies. That it came in the City of Brotherly Love seemed a fitting way for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier to finally put their 30-year feud behind them. "Absolutely," said Miya Ali, who sat behind her legendary father at courtside during yesterday's NBA All-Star Game at the First Union Center.
June 19, 1997
It has almost always been brave and somewhat naive souls who ponder the question: "Why can't we all just get along?" Yet, that is the topic of "Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding." A collaborative effort by Muhammad Ali and his biographer, Thomas Hauser, the book is nothing more than a string of quotes from previous great minds such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Baldwin and Eleanor Roosevelt.The literary effort focuses on encouraging tolerance and brotherhood among different racial and religious groups.
June 15, 1998
Thomas G. Abernethy Sr.,95, a Democrat who spent 30 years in Congress FP hing for more and improved farm programs, died Thursday of heart failure in Jackson, Miss.Charles "Teenie" Harris,89, a photographer who chronicled decades of black life in Pittsburgh, died Friday.Mr. Harris photographed celebrities -- including Lena Horne, Martin Luther King Jr., Satchel Paige and Muhammad Ali -- but was also noted for his poignant images of cabdrivers, musicians, meter maids, police officers and thousands of others, including the Homestead Grays baseball team of the Negro League.
June 16, 1994
Following the leads of Kenny Rogers, Col. Harlan Sanders and Roy Rogers, boxing great Muhammad Ali will put his name on the marquee of a chicken restaurant chain, officials for the new company said yesterday.Muhammad Ali's Rotisserie Chicken, based in Baltimore, intends to open its first store in Silver Spring in August, said spokesman Matt Amodeo.The company wants to open five more locations in the Baltimore-Washington area "and then branch out nationally," Mr. Amodeo said.The president and chief executive of the company is Talib Rashada, a food wholesaler who lives in Ellicott City.
July 30, 1991
Tribute to The GreatestAn audience of 600, including heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, two former champs and other VIPs, paid tribute in Miami Beach, Fla., yesterday to Muhammad Ali, who won his first title there 27 years ago."Sometimes I have to pinch myself to keep from believing all the praise," Ali, 49, said. "For years I've been telling people I was pretty good. But I've never been one to brag."On Feb. 25, 1964, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Ali upset Sonny Liston for the first of his three heavyweight titles.
December 22, 1995
Muhammad Ali Rotisserie Chicken Inc., based in Baltimore, said it signed a contract to open two Egyptian restaurants next year.The first is scheduled to start serving in June in Cairo; the second will open in another Egyptian location by the end of the year, the company said.Muhammad Ali Rotisserie Chicken also said that it agreed with American Egyptian for International Trading Co. to develop eight more restaurants over the next 10 years, all of them in Egypt.And the company is working on deals in South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia as well as eyeing other sites in the United States, said Talib Rashada, president and chief executive officer.
June 12, 2005
WASHINGTON - In the mixed martial arts, which incorporates wrestling, jiujitsu and boxing, Erin Toughill rates among the world's best. Her Web site depicts her knocking out and even breaking the limbs of opponents. And at an earlier news conference, she told Laila Ali she would kick her "butt." But after nearly three rounds in the boxing ring with Ali at MCI Center last night, a bloody and badly beaten Toughill didn't look so tough. With her father, Muhammad Ali, looking on, Laila Ali scored a third-round knockout of Toughill (6-2-1)
June 5, 1991
Ali goes back to the woods"It's just like old times," said 49-year-old Muhammad Ali, in the whisper that often passes for his voice. "Like the old days."Yesterday, Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's syndrome, took a stroll down memory lane as he and some former confidants, along with media members, went to Deer Lake, Pa., his former training camp."I think this helps him a lot, really lifts his spirits," said Wali Muhammad, one of Ali's trainers for two decades. "I'm glad for him. It brings back a lot of good memories for all of us."
June 16, 1992
LAS VEGAS -- Larry Holmes can't complain that Evander Holyfield gives him no respect.Holyfield, the undisputed and undefeated champion, asked yesterday to place his 42-year-old challenger in heavyweight history, ranked him "No. 3, behind Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.""When I look at the guy, I see someone who had good skills and was able to take it and somehow always found a way to win," Holyfield said. "He was so much better than the people in his era; they thought they were so many bums, but they weren't.