California 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: N/A

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

PLACE OF BIRTH: California

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: N/A

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

We have little information on this subject, but one can assume he lives or has lived in Los Angeles, judging from his unscripted speech. In addition, his Australian wife may be an influence.

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RECORDED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2005

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I met my wife at a theatre company in America, and at the time, um, I wasn’t gonna … I mean, she’s Australian and I … there was no way I was gonna come to Australia, so in order for us to live together she had to come to America. [laughs] And she had a green card at the time, so it made sense. So we decided that, well, you know, she’d go back to Melbourne, you know, to Australia. And, you know, close up shop for a while and come and live with me in Los Angeles. So she made this huge decision to travel around the world to be with me, based upon, you know, knowing me for two months basically. So it was quite a risk for her to take. And on the day she flew to America, she arrived, and there I was waiting for her, as I said, at the gate. And my — the first words out of my mouth were, “Do you know who was on your flight?” [laughs] Because, as I waited for her, as I waited for her, you know, people come off first-class first. Nearly the first person off the plane was this huge man with – dressed in completely black. And as he walked, as I remember it, it’s like the waves were parting in front of him. He’d walk and people’d just kind of fall away from him. And I looked at him, and I saw, and I knew who he was immediately. And I walked right up to him. As an impulse I walked right up to him and grabbed his hands, which were twice the size of mine and said, “You are the greatest.” And he just nodded to me. It was Mohammed Ali. And I think he’d gotten on the flight in Hawaii or somewhere. I don’t think he was in Australia, but he got on the flight from Hawaii. And, um, it was an amazing moment for me. It was a moment that I remembered. And just my … the impulse that I had to just go to him. I didn’t even think about it. I just grabbed his hand. And then to meet the person that I … I’m sharing my life with. Uh, it all kind of melded into one sort of important moment that I remember as the day that I met Mohammed Ali. But also the day the rest of my life began. [laughs]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/2007

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