Monthly Archives: May 2017

Gerald J. “Jerry” Bender (1942-2017)

Last week, I lost another one of my mentors, Jerry Bender, who passed away in Los Angeles. Jerry was simply one of the most brilliant men I have ever had the privilege to meet. I was among one of many he mentored, not only about Angola and Africa, but about life. I will miss his […]

May 1, 2017 — Muhammad Ali: What Might Have Been

The first anniversary of the death of Muhammad Ali roughly coincides with the 50th anniversary of his refusal to be inducted into the US Army — the event that really transformed the boxer into a global icon. It also dramatically altered his trajectory as both a public figure and a fighter. As interesting as Ali’s life became during and after his three-and-a-half year exile from the ring, perhaps the most intriguing question is what he may have became if his career had not been interrupted.