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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 23, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday May 23, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 27 Ali better things on my mind by will Grimsley a special correspondent Las vegas Nev. Muhammad Ali who made his Mark in the violence of the ring Hopes to Bow out As a Champion of peace. I had my Day i got no reason to look Back and be sad or envious said Ali who won the world heavyweight title an unprecedented three times and emerged As the most celebrated athlete of his generation. I got bigger and better things on my mind now like peace and the children of the Ali 41, a Little Paunchy and subdued reclined on the sofa of his dunes Casino hotel suite Barefoot shirt open at the neck trousers wrinkled and spoke in an almost inaudible whisper about his latest venture. It is called the children s journey for peace " he said his normally Lazy eyes becoming alive with enthusiasm. Fifty countries picking one child to make a tour of 15 the countries to be visited he said Are among the most powerful and most Likely to be involved in a nuclear War the soviet Union the United states England China West Germany and Japan among them. We Are working through the United nations Unicof the Agency that works with kids he said. We Hope to introduce the plan at the . In three weeks with 20 children in native uniforms flown in from All Over the almost invisible Ali was in Las vegas for Friday night s big boxing spectacular Don King s Crown affair featuring the world s first heavyweight Champion ship doubleheader. In the past even after his retirement he would walk into any such fight scene and immediately steal the show. Not this time. Ali was retiring almost invisible. He skipped the weigh ins and other ceremonies and remained secluded in his room. He shunned press interviews and Public appearances. It took almost an act of Congress to Pierce the tight Security around room 3507 at the dunes. Gone were the old bombast and brass Ness. The Braggadocio i am the greatest. I am the prettiest seemed out of character for a Man feeling the ravages of time and two decades of battling Bias the government and the strongest challengers the game could fling at him. He showed no remorse that younger men had moved into a territory that he held almost indisputably for so Many years. There Are a lot of Good men he said. I Don t want to make any judgments. I got no a few of Ali s closest friends members of his once vast entourage accompanied him to the fight scene. One of them brought three pretty Young women fashion models just moved to Las vegas from Ethiopia to meet the old Champion. Ali looked at them admiringly but never raised himself from the Couch. They did t mind. They were thrilled. My Harned Ali maybe i ought to cover my feet Ali said a bit Abas Hedly. That s All right we love you As you Are one woman said. This is the greatest thing that has happened to Are you married Ali asked. No answered one. The other two Shook their Heads negatively. Got a Man Ali pursued the matter. Yes said the tallest of the models giggling. American better be careful Ali advised adding almost under his breath now if i was still a Playboy. Letting the sentence Drift into nowhere. But i m an old you re still the greatest said one of the friends. Ali shrugged. When they had gone Ali returned to what quite obviously was now the Center of his life his great Odyssey of the world s children. We Hope to get an airline to provide the transportation he said. In Germany they be promised big modern buses to carry the children around the country. Well spend about four Days in each country. The theme will be renowned As an Amateur poet in his Early fighting Days Ali said he had written lyrics for a song that will be the theme of the global Mission. Want to hear it he said laboriously raising his expanding Frame from the Comfort of the sofa. He returned with a Large recorder and inserted a tape. These Are the children these Are the children god bless them All. No matter where they come from give your heart to it was a lilting Beautiful tune and Ali kept time with his hands As the Melody filled the room. The recorder played on. Spare All the children the Little boys and girls. Share your love for All the children of the Ali s eyes dampened when he listened intently to the next two verses Little eyes that sparkle Little Cheeks that glow Little sounds of laughter that Only parents finally a verse that spoke of All the different names and colors but underneath the cover All the children Are the Ali said he had not put on boxing gloves since losing his last fight to Trevor Berbick . 11,1981. I keep Busy the old Champion added opening a Large Case which contained a dozen books magazines and Memorabilia of his great career. You know i had an audience with the Pope he said. Here look at the picture of us together. I told him i thought christians were wrong in having images of White Angels and Jesus. I showed him in the Bible where god said Man should t put any Graven image before him. I told Billy Graham and Oral Roberts the same thing. Here s a Bible Oral Roberts autographed and gave me. I have underlined the scripture about images. Why must a Black Man think Jesus was White Ali showed other photographs of himself with an array of world leaders presidents Ford Carter and Reagan Queen Elizabeth India s Indira Ghandi China s Premier Deng Xiaoping president Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines plus several african leaders. Here s a picture of a hotel in Virginia Beach va., the Pavilion towers he said. I own 49 per cent of it. And Here s a picture of a sports Center i be built in Birmingham England. It s opening in August. You see i keep Ali said his children s crusade will carry the peace message to existing leaders and will place an emphasis on the poverty throughout the world. Poverty and War he said Are the world s biggest enemies. I Don t think there will be a nuclear War he said. God or Allah won t let it air Force team nabs All services volleyball trophy . Army fort Shafter Hawaii the air Force men s volleyball team captured the . Armed forces world championship defeating the Navy in the final round to sweep through the tournament unbeaten at 6-0. The Navy did not go Home empty handed however grabbing the women s version of the tournament by Topping the air Force women in the tourney final. The Navy suffered Only one loss to go 6-1 in the championships. The army men made a Strong bid for the title but came up Short at 4-2. The air Force women were knocked off in round two by the same Navy squad that outplayed them in the final. The air Force women ended up 5-2. Tied for third and last place in the men s division were the Navy and Marine corps each with 1-5 Marks. Meanwhile the Marine corps women finished third with an identical 1-5 record while the army women finished fou that 0-6. Following the championship 12 participants each from the men s and women s tournaments were selected to special All Star squads that competed in the . Volleyball association National championships in Memphis Tenn. Players chosen for the men s All armed forces team were air Force Leti Sagiao Andersen fab Guam Rudy Blazicko Eglin fab Fla. Eduardo Diaz Randolph fab Texas Kimo Brown and Momoli Etimani Hickam fab Hawaii and Tommy Roberts Gunter ass Ala. Army Sandy Parlier fort Sill okla. Jack Rogers fort Eustis a. Martin matautia Schofield bar Racks Hawaii and Dion Wilhelm Hanau Germany. Navy Curt Waltz Bethesda my. Marine corps Mika Kelemene Camp Pendle ton Calif. Coaching the men s squad is the army s Toafala la feta based at Baltimore. He s assisted by David Lacar stationed at Leitheim Ger Many with the air Force. Doug Ascher with the army Here is the Trainer for both the men s and women s All armed forces squads. Following Are the players chosen to the women s All armed forces team air. Force Lynn Harrison Randolph Nancy Kunkel Charleston fab . Connie Raneiri Wright Patterson fab Ohio Susan Novovesky Edwards fab Calif and Lana Pacleb Wheeler fab Hawaii. Navy Ingrid Mueller washing ton . Kathleen Murphy and Bernadette Lam to san Diego Calif. And Roxann Norris Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Army Karen Epperson fort Lewis Wash. And Taase Simeaola Scho Field Barracks. Marine corps Mary Sillen Camp Pendleton. Bobby Brill with the Navy at Bremerton Wash., is the women s coach

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