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June 24, 2019

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Rory in disguise … with glasses

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Sometimes, famous people are barely recognizable.

The fellow with the mustache is Muhammad Ali.

The fellow with the Bruce Jenner hair and aviator goggles is Rory Reid.

The photograph was taken in 1980 when Ali thought he could beat Larry Holmes, his former sparring partner, at the advanced age of 38 and Reid thought he could be a sports writer when he grew up.

"I was an intern at the Sun in the sports department leading up to Ali's fight with Larry Holmes," recalled Reid, who is running for governor. "He came into McCarran (airport) and I went out there and chased him around. I had grown up a huge boxing fan in Las Vegas. I was a huge sports fan. I didn't know (what I wanted to do). I was 18. I was happy just to hang out.

"It was a terrible fight, but the lead-up up to it was exciting."

Reid said he didn't recall what he and Ali talked about.

I'm guessing it wasn't eye wear as a fashion statement or facial hair as a thin disguise.


"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other." -- Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

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