Teofilo Stevenson Spurned Millions

Jose G. Perez jgperez at netzero.net
Sun Jun 10 18:36:19 MDT 2001

What a wonderful story! My favorite part is about how Teo Stevenson abuses
his fame and prestige to wheedle a US$25 hand-rolled cigar from a retaurant
he's at; and how later he delivers it to an old revolutionary combatant who
does not enjoy fame, fortune or privilege, but does enjoy a good smoke. The
former is the archetypal Cuba "vivo." The latter, a 110% revolutionary. You
might think, the revolutionary institutions should guarantee Cohibas to the
retired general. Teo shouldn't provide them. But on the whole I think it is
better that the revolution not have a perfect communist apparatus. And make
up for it with a human soul.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Les Schaffer" <schaffer at optonline.net>
To: "marxmail" <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2001 1:56 PM
Subject: Teofilo Stevenson Spurned Millions

"Walter Lippmann" <walterlx at earthlink.net> forwarded the following
story, of which i include only the URL and a brief snippet from the


The Cuban Ali
Boxing Legend Teofilo Stevenson Spurned Millions for the Island He Loves

By Eugene Robinson
Sunday, June 10, 2001; Page W30

The man who could have fought Muhammad Ali -- no, more than that: who
could have been Muhammad Ali, famous throughout the world and rich
beyond imagining -- was fully awake after a drowsy morning. He said
he'd be ready to go to lunch as soon as he washed up and changed his
clothes. Here's what Teofilo Stevenson did next: He took a big
galvanized bucket out to the front yard, filled it with water from the
garden tap, lugged the bucket inside, hoisted it on top of the kitchen
range and turned on the flame.


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