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used the verb “burlesque” or something akin to that. Now, was Adam a clown, when it came to the end of it?


Oh yes. Adam was always the clown. And he knew it. Adam never really took life or himself or women or maybe, interestingly enough, the struggle for social or racial justice, that seriously. He never took it seriously enough to have himself totally committed. You know. He was a hedonist. And one of the things that I liked about him was, you know, he reminded me very much of -- or this young man, Muhammed Ali, reminds me a great deal of Adam, because you know, you read about Muhammed Ali as if he is the egoist par excellence, you know, etc. -- which he is, except that he can afford to be that overtly egotistic because he doesn't take a damn thing seriously, including himself. And I happen -- there was this coincidence -- to be in Munich at the time of his fight, and I had the afternoon off from what I was doing at the university there, and it was the afternoon that he had his press conference, just before the fight, and I was in the room. And Muhammed came in, and in the karate uniform, with these two Korean karate experts, and he proceeded to enjoy himself.

You know, he recognized me and introduced me to the reporters as his “personal psychologist.” I enjoyed it. You know.

After he -- he asked me if I'd come for the fight, and I had to tell him the truth, no, I'd come to deliver a lecture at the university. He said, “Do you have a ticket?”

I said, “Nope.” He said to one of his people, “Get him a

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