Link of the week?


Obviously, I have no American relatives, but I looked, and so will you.  I recommend asking for Wilt Chamberlain and Phil Ochs, for starters.

Wilt the Stilt was the dominant NBA 7-footer who claimed, in his autobiography, to have slept with 20,000 women.  Dennis Rodman said in his book that Wilt, also a world-class volleyball player, “lied out his ass” about it.  Nevertheless, he was white America’s worst nightmare at the time.  Excellent site The Smoking Gun hints at this paranoia towards successful young black men being the unjustified targets of FBI harassment (Wilt was allegedly a gambler – shock!).  Chamberlain sparred with Ali and once scored 100 points in a single NBA game.  An interesting character, it must be said!  Despite his physical dominance, Wilt only won two titles, while his great friend and rival Bill Russell won eleven.

Ochs was a brilliant troubadour in the style of his hero, Woody Guthrie, and was one of the icons of the 1960’s folk protest scene.  Anyone who writes a song called “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” gets my support!


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