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'Muhammad Ali Goes to Mars: The Lost Interview'

September 19, 2012 - Ben Klein
"This is Muhammad Ali, the heavy weight champion of the world now at the lunar station in Cape Kennedy, on the way to Mars for the first universal title..."

This is a great short clip about Documentarian/Journalist Michael Aisner scoring the interview of a lifetime with Muhammad Ali in 1966 in Chicago.

"We're 17 years old, sitting in the office and Ali screeches up in his red Cadillac convertible...and he starts doing this riff on him going to Mars and fighting the champion up on Mars," Aisner said.

According to the website Blank on Blank "It was two years after Ali had trash-talked his way into a victory over Sonny Liston; a year before he would refuse to go Vietnam. At the time, many black Muslims, led by Malcolm X, were advocating for "total separation" of the races. And so, for a scrawny white boy from the suburbs, heading to the heart of Chicago's gritty South Side was no small thing."

Head to Blank on Blank to listen to the extended audio edition.

 
 

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