Collinsville, Oklahoma
June 4, 2016
1972 Muhammad Ali OU Visit
World Famous Boxer Made Unannounced Visit To Univ. Of Okla. Campus
Photographed By Student From Collinsville
Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies at 74, legendary boxer proclaimed himself "The Greatest" -- CNN -- 6/4/2016
I was a student at the University of Oklahoma (living in Walker Tower) when world famous boxer Muhammad Ali made an unannounced visit to the OU campus and spoke briefly just outside the Walker Tower dormitory in February 1972. The word spread quickly that he was there (even without cell phones or internet) and a big crowd listened to his words. I was too busy trying to get photos and don't recall what he said. I recall that he had been in OKC for some event but don't know why he came to OU. I have been fortunate to get live photos of President Richard Nixon (at the Port of Catoosa dedication) and Texas Governor George Bush (Garland, TX Labor Day parade) but the brash and controversial Muhammad Ali, in his day, was even more well known world wide. -- Ted Wright -- June 4, 2016
After Muhammad Ali got in his car to leave, he was interviewed briefly by the OU student newspaper sports editor for that semester (Virginia Sue Apple).

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