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Walker Smith, Jr. was born in Ailey, Georgia, to an African American family who, like many in their situation, quickly moved up North to do escape the racial prejudices of the South. They settled in New York City, in the black neighborhood of Harlem, where Walker started going to a gym, borrowing an Amateur Athletic Union boxing card of a friend named Ray Robinson. “Sugar” Ray Robinson, as Walker became known, had a natural talent for boxing, and soon he was attracting crowds who’d come to watch him fight. In 1940, he won the New York Golden Gloves Championship, and went pro as a welterweight (147 pounds). He won the welterweight championship in 1946, and then became a middleweight fighter (160 pounds) in 1951, winning the middleweight championship five times. In his career, he enjoyed a 91-fight winning streak, no physical knockouts himself, 109 KO’s, and a record of 175-19-6 with two no-decisions. He has been repeatedly cited as the best fighter of all time, including from authorities at Ring Magazine and the Associated Press. As boxing great Mohammed Ali called him, Sugar Ray was “the king, the master, my idol.” Robinson died in Los Angeles in 1989.
Do you watch boxing? What sorts of qualities doe you think a boxer must have?
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Comics, small animated story blocks, have been a staple of American newspapers for over a hundred years, and a few papers and tabloids actually produced isolated reprints for comic fans to be sold separately. However, it wasn’t until Famous Funnies, published in May 1934, that the concept of a comic book was introduced to American readers. Comic books were the brainchild of Maxwell C. Gaines, who came up with the idea after discovering a stack of old newspaper funnies in his mother’s attic. His Famous Funnies created the template for all future comic books: typically, monthly anthologies of condensed storyboards, its pages punctuated by fact sheets and puzzles. Although Famous Funniesonly lasted until 1955, it gave rise to a fond relationship between Americans and lovable cartoon characters, as well as the introduction of the fearless superheroes of DC and Marvel Comics.
What do you think is the difference between comic books and word books, like novels and textbooks? Do you think it’s important to publish and sell comic books?
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