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George Foreman to visit KU

January 22, 2010


Boxing champion George Foreman is scheduled to visit Kansas University on Feb. 4.

He will take part in a panel discussion with boxing writers George Kimball, a journalist and KU alumnus, and Robert Rodriguez, associate director of KU’s McNair Scholars Program and lecturer in Latin American studies.

Foreman first won the heavyweight championship in 1973 with a knockout victory over Joe Frazier, and became the oldest man to win the title at age 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer. After his career, he invented the George Foreman Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine.

Kimball, a boxing writer for the Boston Globe, was a figure of the Lawrence counter-culture movement in the 1960s. Kimball, who has one eye, ran for Douglas County sheriff in 1970 against Rex Johnson, who has full use of one arm, using the slogan “Douglas County needs a two-fisted sheriff.”

The symposium will occur at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union ballroom. It is free and open to the public. All three panel members will sign books following the event.


anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

Didn't George Foreman name all of his sons (3 at least iirc) George Foreman? What kind of scholars interested in writing can benefit from talking to a man whose creativity is so limited he gives the same name to all of his sons?

Having Ali visit would be important because the topic of how destructive boxing is to the health of the human brain could be discussed. I have to question the wisdom of KU hosting a symposium that creates publicity for and interest in the horrible blood sport of boxing.

Keith 8 years, 2 months ago

At times she's bare when she's bearing the name.

sad_lawrencian 8 years, 2 months ago

Remind me to bring some hamburger patties...

yankeevet 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes; I want one of those

WilburM 8 years, 2 months ago

Hey, props to Robert Rodriquez for getting George to come. Robert's emerging as a real authority of boxing --with a couple of books and various articles. Another gem at KU and in Lawrence.

Anne Tangeman 8 years, 2 months ago

Boxing is an amazing, beautiful sport and not just a bloody enterprise - much of the literature and journalism surrounding the sport is just plain phenomenal. Kimball in particular has witnessed decades of change in the sport and has a spectacular knack for looking beyond the bout to the larger picture. This is an unusual and unique opportunity for KU and the community and it's free. At least have an open mind about it. I used to be squeamish about the sport, but after viewing a live bout, I'm hooked. There's an undeniable grace to boxing.

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