• New photos of Muhammad Ali unearthed, prompted by HBO documentary
• Thrill to The Champ wolfing down his salad while I sit by, snapping photos
• The Tale of the Table
I can’t say enough about the HBO documentary, Ali & Cavett – The Tale of the Tapes. In the Sixties, The Champ and the talk show host became friends, an odd couple who would have had a blockbuster “reality” TV show if such a thing had been thought of in 1968. If you lived through the era, you’ll enjoy the nostalgia trip this doc triggers. If you’re of a newer generation, there’s a ton to learn here about race relations in America over the past 60 years.
Cavett, the thinking person’s talk show host, interviewed the most famous person in the world over a dozen times. I interviewed him a mere two times, maybe 20 minutes total talk, tops. I told the story of those encounters in The Greatest.
HBO’s documentary got me motivated to go back and dig deeper into my scattered and unorganized archives, a.k.a. “boxes,” and look for the rest of the pictures I took at that 1975 press luncheon in Cleveland. I found them.
These are converted 135 millimeter Kodak Extachrome color slides. While I waited to do my brief, taped radio interview with him, Ali ate a salad – and didn’t mind my snapping away.