Float like a butterfly....sting like a bee

Trip Start Sep 20, 2013
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Friday, September 27, 2013

     Our day began with a trip to center city Louisville, Kentucky, about an hour and ten minute drive from where we stayed over night.  It was cheaper to stay outside the city and we were running out of steam on our drive from Memphis.  Our hotel, the Fairfield Inn-Marriott was very nice. 
I was able to use our Marriott points, so that was even better. 
     When you walk into the entrance of the Muhammed Ali center, it is a stark lobby with modern high glass windows.  The admission cashier instructed us to take the escalator all the way up to the fifth floor and work our way down.  After the 12 minute movie, which gave you a quick over view of his life beginning and conversion from young boy, to boxer and champion of the world.  It also touched on the importance of his religious beliefs and how much giving to charity is a part of his life.  After the movie, there are several different areas of the museum.  Our favorite was the interactive area that included a video guide by Ali's daughter teaching you how to stand like a boxer, how to jab and punch.  Then there was an area that had a shadowboxer that was a young Muhammed Ali and you can stand next to the shadow and fight him.  We had a lot of fun with this and a lot of laughs.  (see the video).  Bryan also took a turn on the punching bag and speed bag.  He was very good at both. 
    The next several rooms were filled with memorabilia and t.v.'s with clips from the fights he was famous for winning and also clips of videos when he refused to join the service and fight in Vietnam.  Another favorite part of the museum was a large room that had sketches and abstract paintings of Muhammed Ali through his life...all done by LeRoy Neiman.  Apparently the two of them were good friends their whole lives and Leroy Neiman went to every one of Muhammed Ali's boxing matches and even visited him at the gym and at home.  Some of the sketches had writings by Muhammed Ali on them or jokes written in the corner by Muhammed Ali.  All the pictures (about a hundred) were all over the walls in this one room.  There was also a giant abstract painting in bright colors of Muahammed Ali in the lobby of the museum that Leroy Neiman did as well. 
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