Category Archives: Pittsburgh

I’m Harry Greb

You’ll not be a boxer and live in this house, my dad says, so I pack up and walk out. I don’t care where I sleep. I only want to fight. At opening bells, my hair slicked down and face carefully powdered, I charge across rings hurling left hooks, right hooks, uppercuts, jabs, windmill punches, […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cars & Driving, Eyes, Gene Tunney, Harry Greb, Health, Jack Dempsey, Tiger Flowers

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

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