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12-27-2011, 07:40 AM
Nearly eighty years later, my father can still recall the scene outside the Windsor Hotel in Montreal: the dashing and immaculately dressed young man in a felt hat standing by a sleek car—a Packard, probably, or maybe a Cadillac—supervising the bellhops as they loaded his luggage. The man in question was Gene Tunney. He had retired from boxing at the age of thirty-one and was on his honeymoon, having just married a Carnegie heiress from Greenwich. Even though he was watching from a distance down Piel Street, my father can also remember the aura that Tunney emitted: “very supercilious,” he says.

Two new books on Tunney:

Tunney: Boxing’s Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
by Jack Cavanaugh
Random House, 471 pp., $27.95

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
by Budd Schulberg, with an introduction by Hugh McIlvanney
Ivan R. Dee, 364 pp., $27.50
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Ron Price has been married for 44 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 12, and a Baha'i for 52(in 2011)

rob snell
01-02-2012, 07:24 AM
What a great story

05-21-2012, 03:50 AM
A great story indeed; thanks for your response rob.-Ron