Lot 15 of 435:
Archie Moore, famous world boxing champion, 1963 letter  

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Letter written by the famous Black professional boxer – for ten years, Light Heavyweight Champion of the World – just after he had retired from sports.

Moore, Archie





Autograph Letter Signed (“Arch”) on his pictorial “Public Relations Expert” stationery. San Diego, Calif. Aug. 21, 1963. 2pp.  To “Ed”. 


Written to an aspiring writer by the famous professional boxer – the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion (1952-1962) – just after he had retired from sports to take on new career challenges as actor and philanthropist. Mentions the supposedly autobiographic “Archie Moore Story”, published three years before; and “foul laws of apartheid”.

“…Yes – I read with a great thoroughness your essay, short story or self analysical analtisics, to be sure, these appraisal terms are not to be located in any dictionary – because they are Mooreology, to put it mildly your works have all the driving force of a Near Eastern typhoon moving in on the stilted huts enroute to demolish the adjacent modern concrete block and steel reinforced beach hotels the commercial investors described as a capitalistic syndicated [missing text?] ringside. IV I like most writers like me who have helped me – a few I dearly love. Dave Gregg who wrote the Arch Moore auto bio – but doe to politics had to turn over tape after tape to another writer hired by McGraw Hill. So to swing back, to where I came in – a man may actually segregate himself, for contamination and befouling Gods purr airs with foul laws of apartheid – is a sin those who sin as thus – live a great lie – wouldn’t a hillside with a complete coverage of lilly white flowers look monotonously common – compared to the adjacent hillside covered with an array of different colours – Reds, whites black, blues browns yellows etc. – Oh well (Im only an ex boxer) – you know what I mean..."

Lot Amendments

Though the second page of the letter is written on the verso of the first, there may be some text missing – although Moore’s prose is generally somewhat incomprehensible.

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