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June 27, 2016

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June 27, 2016

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September 24, 2013
We are the Crimsons, mighty, mighty, Crimsons. That's who we are.
September 24, 2013
Goodbye to a very special man and champion. My father loved you like a son and took such great pleasure in your visits and of all your accomplishments. You will be missed, condolences to your family.
September 24, 2013
I graduated with Ken in 1961 from Jacksonville High School. Several years ago, I wrote to our classmates about a kind and uplifting act by Ken during his trip to St. Paul (when I live) for a prize fight in mid-October 1976. How he had sent to the hospital intensive care ward where my infant daughter was slowly recovering from a serious illness a cluster of bright helium-filled balloons and a small stuffed bear with a Get Well Soon card in which he'd handwritten a special note to this tiny girl, by remembered name, and signed as “your Dad's friend.”

During our short visit on that trip, I neglected to mention to Ken how – after graduation - I had lost track of him until 1965, when I was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. That was where the USAF boxers were training for the Pan American games. On a visit to their gym to watch workouts, I asked the Airmen what they thought of their chances at the Games. “Not too bad,” they agree, “except for heavyweight – they may was well just mail that to Ken Norton, the Marine.” That was the first I knew of Ken's boxing or service enlistment but, true to the “crimson & white,” I told those guys that I knew Ken personally from high school, had participated in varsity track and football with him, and could vouch for the fact that “he is big, durable, fast, determined and smart.” They groaned and I went back to my barracks to pray that Ken would win at the Pan Am Games, and was delighted when he later did – and, soon after, announced for the pro's.

Today, my prayers are simply for his eternal freedom from the discomforts that he accumulated over the years, heavenly peace, the good company of others who also gave much to his sport, and time to look back on the gentle care and good humor that he sowed among the many he cared for and who now miss him.
September 24, 2013
Thanks for the memories champ. One of the classiest people around.
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