Ali's Star Doesn't Belong on Sidewalk
MUHAMMAD ALI is turning 60 on Friday, and Los Angeles is throwing a party. Mayor James K. Hahn told the City Council on Tuesday that the day would be proclaimed “Muhammad Ali Day,” reports the Associated Press, while the former heavyweight boxing champion, responding to his honor’s announcement, quipped, “All I get is the day?” Replied Hahn: “I can give you the whole century. I can give you the whole millennium — the Ali Millennium.” The proclamation was met with applause throughout the civic chamber. Ali, who is the subject of a current biopic that stars Will Smith, also will be getting something on Friday, Jan. 11: his own star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame. Rather than imbedding his five-pointed monument in the sidewalk, however, as has been the custom on the street for decades, the Ali star will be installed on a wall of the brand-new Kodak Theatre entertainment complex, where the Academy Awards will be held March 24. Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, loves the location, because, he said, he doesn’t want his name to be trampled on by people who “don’t have no respect for me.” As for those who don’t mind being immortalized on the sidewalk, ’50s singing fave Fabian, now 58, unveiled his Walk of Fame star on Tuesday before some 300 fans. (His was the 2,188th star along the walkway.) “As a little boy in Southern Philadelphia, I loved the movies and rock ‘n’ roll,” Fabian (real name: Fabian Forte) said, according to the AP. “I’m the lucky fan who got to do it all.” The singer-actor (“Turn Me Loose”) and his wife, Andrea Patrick, live in rural Pennsylvania.