Gaddafi is dead, III

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.)

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.


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