A Reunion of Champions

Saturday, 26 Feb 2005 | Family, Food

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Toni and my dad drove to Palm Springs last night after work to meet me. I got free tickets through my work to attend A Reunion of Champions at Palm Springs High School. John Carlos, the 1968 Olympic 200 Meter Bronze Medalist who coaches track at Palm Springs High School was scheduled to be reunited with his good friend George Foreman, the 1968 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist.

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Carlos and Foreman had been good friends in the 1968 Olympic Games, but had gotten out of contact. Before the event, I had a wonderful opportunity to snap some shots of George Foreman as he exited from his Hummer limosine in the parking lot. I was impressed by how gentle and friendly he was. He took the time to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures. He thrilled a young boxer by posing for a sparring shot. George gave a very interesting and humourous talk. The Principal of Palm Springs High School was the emcee and his mother played piano and sister and family sang Christian hymns prior to the talk.

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I had the pleasure of talking to George Foreman's daughter, Natalie. She was very nice and cordial. I took a picture of George Foreman, Natalie and the Ron Oden, the Mayor of Palm Springs. Natalie requested a copy of the picture. I'll be contacting the Principal to forward it to her.

Afterwards, we went to Manhattan in the Desert, a New York Style Deli, for dinner. The food was delicious. My dad and Toni got Pastrami Sandwiches. I had the Calves Liver and Onions. Toni tried an Egg Cream and my dad tried the Chocolate Phosphate. We all shared a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It was the best cheesecake we ever had. It was cut into a rectangular shape with a very golden and glossy top and served with butterflied fresh strawberries.


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