Bill Caplan's first gig in boxing publicity was for an ex-champ-turned-promoter named Joe Louis. He was marooned for two months in Zaire with George Foreman prior to the Ali fight. He once stretched out in the parking lot of a Korean restaurant to prevent Lupe Pinto's station wagon from leaving a press conference. The man of a million stories was our guest on The Ringside Boxing Show on Oct. 9, 2011, for a remarkable half-hour interview. Enjoy!
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Randy Roberts is a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University and author of "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man," a 2010 book that was honored among the best in its class for nonfiction and biographies.
In this interview from our June 5, 2011 show, Roberts discusses how "The Brown Bomber" came to be an American icon in the era of the Jim Crow South and during the build-up to the war with Nazi Germany.
Our time with this colorful story teller was far too short.