George Foreman to visit KU

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.