January 16, 2008 |
SAN DIEGO -- Boxing has long served as a metaphor for theater. Bertolt Brecht, the grand innovator of 20th century political drama, envisioned spectators sitting around the stage puffing on cigars as they watched characters attempting to knock each other out with contrasting viewpoints. "In This Corner" -- Steven Drukman's play about the great heavyweight champion Joe Louis, premiering here at the Old Globe -- follows Brecht's lead and literally transforms the stage into a boxing ring.
November 7, 2005 |
SOMETIME IN the 1930s, a black inmate on death row in a Southern state is asphyxiated in its gas chamber. As he breathes in the fatal fumes -- and as observers watch from behind a thick pane of glass -- he cries out: "Save me, Joe Louis! Save me, Joe Louis!" The story has been told ever since, usually to illustrate Louis' near-messianic status in a black America that had little else going for it in the years before World War II. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was among those telling it.
October 19, 2005 |
ON June 22, 1938, America and Europe were more caught up in a sporting event than they had ever been before or were ever likely to be again. The heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, a black sharecropper's son from rural Alabama, was fighting a rematch with former champion Max Schmeling, the man chosen by the Nazi party to carry the banner of Aryan supremacy. The world, or at least that portion of it ready to plunge into war, held its collective breath.
May 15, 2004 |
Two white men who threw white paint on a landmark sculpture of boxer Joe Louis' fist were sentenced in Detroit to 30 days in jail for a crime that raised suspicions of racism. Brett Cashman, 45, and John T. Price, 27, were also ordered to serve 18 months on probation and pay $1,000 each for malicious destruction of property. The damage to the 8,000-pound sculpture of the black boxing great's arm and fist was discovered Feb. 23.
March 26, 2004 |
Two men who threw white paint on the Joe Louis fist, a sculpture in Detroit that commemorates the black boxing great, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property. Brett Cashman, 45, and John T. Price, 27, face up to five years in prison, but prosecutors recommended that they pay $1,000, serve 30 days in jail and the rest of the time on probation.
June 28, 2003
I watched the Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight fiasco on the tube last Saturday, and I'm convinced that Joe Louis could've knocked them both out. On the same night. Joe Lyou Gardena With his braggadocio character and penchant for showing up out of shape, Lennox Lewis has become nearly as big a jerk as Mike Tyson. Two weeks before the fight, he stated that Kirk Johnson faked an injury because he heard that Lewis was in fantastic shape. After being beaten on all cards by Klitschko, Lewis stated, "I only had a week to prepare."