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Good seats going fast!

May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012
Good Seats Going Fast!

I’ve been a boxing fan ever since my dad took me to Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium to watch Willie Pep take apart an inoffensive chap named Walter Kolby. It was April of 1946, and I was coming up on my eighth birthday. Willie was 23, and at the time he’d been fighting for six years and would go on for another twenty. The ref stopped it after five rounds, and that was a mercy for Buffalo’s own Walter Kolby, who hung up his gloves in 1952 and took a ten-count forty years after that.

Truth to tell, my Frequent Companion is twice the fight fan I am. So we watch a lot of pay-for-view bouts. A while back she reported proudly that she’d booked the show coming up in two weeks. Why so early? Quoth Herself: “I wanted to make sure we got good seats.”

All of which is preface to the news that Amazon is taking pre-orders for Hit Me, the fifth Keller novel coming from Mulholland in February. Yes, that’s nine months from now. But there are sound reasons to pre-order, even this far in advance—if there’s a price increase, you’re safe; if there’s a lower price, you’ll get it; if there’s a UPS strike, Jeff Bezos will deliver your copy in person. But I like Lynne’s reason the best. You’ll get really good seats…

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  1. In the early 80’s, Pep was the Connecticut Boxing Commissioner. In NY State, because of numerous eye injuries, they were experimenting with thumbless boxing gloves. I interviewed Pep in MSG about what he thought about the new gloves.

    He told me, “They suck!”

    I asked why.

    He said, “Because you can’t THUMB ANYONE!!”


    • That’s really perfect, isn’t it? Thanks, Joe.

      I just went and told Lynne. She’s still laughing.

      • Larry, I don’t think Pep was kidding. He took great pleasure in sticking his thumbs in the eyes of opponents. Take Sandy Sadler, for instance. They had three wars, with Pep winning one. When I interviewed Sadler in the mid 80’s, he was almost completely blind.

  2. juliabarrett permalink

    Congrats. This is very cool. One of my grandfathers boxed as a feather weight, the other grandfather managed boxers. Small world. No thumbs in the eyes though.

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