Early in his career, Jerry Mahoney was stricken with a case of Dutch Elm disease. Paul Winchell hired an 8-year-old Ron Miles as a temporary replacement. Later that year, little Ron filled in again when Knucklehead Smith contracted the disease. Mohammed Ali was just an attendant in a health club when he met Ron. After asking the young man’s name, Ron laughed, “Cassius Clay? What in the hell kind of name is Cassius Clay?!” Beating the snot out of Ron helped Clay realize his real talent. He changed his name and rewarded Ron by making him his personal towel jockey.
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