Ali Attends Dedication of Muslim TV Network

Chicago, IL: Muhammad Ali demonstrated again Thursday why he is both a highly persuasive and highly unorthodox spokesman for any cause.
The three-time heavyweight champion, arguably most charismatic athlete of all time, enthralled the audience at the official Chicago-area launch of an American Muslim television network. And the 63-year-old Ali did it without saying a single word. Despite an unsteady hand with his Parkinson’s symptoms, he signed autographs and clowned with everyone from children to Naperville Police Chief Dave Dial.
Ali embraced youngsters who approached him, rubbed faces with one and signed an oversized boxing photo of himself fighting Ken Norton for another fan. When Dial approached him while one of his officers took a photo, Ali raised his hands above his head as if he were being frisked. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)


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