Today I started thinking of all the odd bits I have read or heard about Gaddafi. Hopefully I’ll post more. Like the apocryphal story of when the G.O.A.T. Muhammed Ali met the future dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
A young Libyan student in London sat on [Ali’s] bed, kept him up half the night with dithyrambic visions of Muslim revolution. ‘Watch, one day you will see,’ said Muammar Qaddafi. Half asleep, Ali said: “Sheeet, you crazy.”
* The first place I read this was in my copy of The Esquire Book of Sports Writing (published in 1995). It’s in “Great Men Die Twice,” a profile of Ali by sportswriter Mark Kram first published in the magazine in 1989. (Kram also wrote a book about the relationship between Ali to and his longtim rival Joe Frazier.)