Mystery Photo   

Manchester Historical Society

175 Pine Street    Manchester, CT 06040    (860) 647-9983

This photo shows prizefighter Muhammad Ali at WINF, a former Manchester radio station. "Sparring" with him is the son of Edwin Everett, a Town police officer. The man to the prizefighter's right is probably part of his entourage. Ken Burkamp, professional photographer, took this photo on 11/3/1967, and has donated it to the Manchester Historical Society. Thank you, Ken.

Muhammad Ali granted interviews at WINF and around the country during his 3½-year ban from boxing, triggered by his refusal to serve in the military, while not being granted Conscientious Objector status. The Supreme Court reversed its 1967 conviction, finding that Aliís objection to the draft was justifiably founded upon his religious beliefs.

Ali was boxingís first three-time heavyweight champion. He was born Cassius Clay in 1942, and is famous for his quotes, such as "I am the greatest" and "I am the people's champion -- you can walk up to me and say hello."

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