I realize that it’s been a long time since you’ve peeked at my words. I haven’t forgotten you, and I hope you remember me.
Instead of writing my usual lengthy blog about what’s been going on, I’m going to do several short notes. A new one every week or so. Hope you dig them.
Friends call and ask, “How are you doing, man?” I tell them that I take all of the difficult stuff that I’m going through, and try to “positive-ize” everything. I try not to let things keep me down too long. Life’s left hooks are hard, but I get back up as soon as possible and send a round-house punch. Go for a knockout, you know. Or I keep fighting until I can make my way clear.
I love to talk about boxing, you know. I was a pretty good boxer back in my day, and I really enjoyed shooting the breeze with Monty about today’s champions. He brought me a letter from Archie Moore, one of my all-time favorite champions. He had a whaling record – 127 KO’s! Archie’s letter was written on my old stationery, and I got a big kick out of it. I told Monty about the time that Archie and I were on The Tonight Show. He was hitting the speed bag, while I was playing my trumpet with boxing gloves on. What a gas! Johnny Carson loved it.
There’s a piano at the foot of my bed, and Monty played some m-e-a-n licks. I jumped in with some “Mumbles,” and right then, B (Bill Cosby) called. Gwen held the phone to my ear while B joined in singing jokes. We had a ball! I mean, we cut up a while! B and I go waaaaay, back. It was great to spend time with him and Monty. It was a spirit-lifter for the three of us.
And now, I want to share something else with you that made me very happy.
A while back, I received a request from an eighth grade student named Meghan. She wanted to interview me for her school report, which included highlights from my career. Well, my hearing “ain’t what it used to be.” So, Gwen was by my side to make sure that I heard Meghan’s questions correctly.
It was a lot of fun. But, I must say that the whole scene made me more aware of the fact that I need to do a short autobiography for young students. You know, no profanity and things like that. So, I’ve been working on a new book with Gwen. Meghan and her mom gave me permission to share that short video, which Meghan put together on her own. I’m very proud of her, and I hope you enjoy it.
To me, it’s always hip to take time for young people. Help them, you know. No matter what is going on. I felt so honored to help Megan.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Lots more to share with you later. Shoot me a line in my Guestbook if you like my shorter blog format.
And, I just want to take a few moments to thank you all for helping me to stay on this side of the grass. I couldn’t make it without you, for sure. Big Prez (my nickname for God) knows how much you all mean to me.
Some of my friends organized a contribution campaign for me, and it’s really growing. I am so grateful. If you feel inclined to join in, I would appreciate that very, very much.
I love you all!