Category Archives: Legend

CASSE-TOI BRIGITTE by Peter Nolan Smith

Working at a nightclubs I met a lot of people; famous, infamous, and nobodies. Sometimes I had no idea who was who. One night at Hurrah I stopped a skinny bearded man from entering the club for free. His massive bodyguard steered me right. “It’s Mick Jagger.” “That’s him.” The rock star was with a […]

Before Big Papi

Before he was Big Papi, he played for the Appleton Rattlers in the A League. Under the name David Arias. Twenty years ago. The Seattle Mariners went on a barnstorming tour of the minors. Their game in Appleton was rained out, but the Mariners’ catcher suggested a home run derby to make up the cancellation […]

Sly Stone At Franklin Park 1974

Sly and the Family Stone launched funky soul in the late 60s with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and Parliament-Funkadelic. The group hit mega-gold with their 4th LP, STAND and its # 1 hit EVERYDAY PEOPLE. Success was not a friend to Sly. His cocaine habit infected the other band members. He no-showed a […]

The Greatest Ever

Muhammad Ali has been long considered the Greatest. “I am the Greatest,” the heavyweight fighter shouted at many bouts. My choice for the Greatest has always been Andre the Giant. He was able to pick up the Boston Bruins Bobby Orr and Carol Vadnais without breaking a sweat. No one even close to the Greatest. […]

Muhammad Walking New York

Back in 1978 I was walking down 5th Avenue around the 70s. On a summer afternoon. A large crowd was approaching from downtown. Hundreds of people. Traffic was stopped dead. A tangible electricity emanated from that direction and several seconds later I saw why. Muhammad Ali. I stopped in my tracks and Ali crossed the […]