Many years ago, I got to spend about 3 hours (along w several others) w Mohammed Ali. Our TWA flight from Philly to LAX was delayed over 4 hours.
Instead of going off to some private place, Ali hung out with us. One guy had a backgammon set and Ali played a game with him. He asked us our names and spoke to us individually. He remembered that mine is an Italian name. He announced that he was the most famous person in the world. When I asked why, he said “because I will speak with people like you. When was the last time you had a chat w Sinatra?”
He did a lot of quotes from the Bible. I asked “is God black?” He remembered my ancestry and replied, “Hell, you’re half n—r yourself.” He was extremely articulate. What an experience!