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Grayson, a sign-language instructor and onetime Catholic seminarian, considers Ali a subject fraught with significance—as "the most recognizable man on earth," as "one of the greatest champions ever" and as a "symbol of the '60s." Grayson, who previously taught courses on Jesus and Houdini at the New School, feels that Ali was a logical next step. "I don't mean to sound irreverent," he says, "but certainly all three are great showmen." The course concludes with a scheduled appearance by Ali himself. That's like promising students in one of the New School's philosophy courses a guest appearance by Socrates.
HAVE SNEAKERS, WILL TRAVEL
For daily joggers who hate to miss a step, finding places to run on business trips used to pose problems. Not anymore. By staying in one of the growing number of hotels that make tracks and jogging trails available to guests, travelers can find running just as convenient—maybe even more so—than it is at home.
In some cases, guests can run right on the hotel's property. The Atlanta Hilton has its own 220-yard track, and Los Angeles' Bel Air Sands Hotel is putting a running trail on its grounds. Pittsburgh's Hyatt Regency makes life for the runner almost as easy. Guests automatically become members of an organization called the Hyatt Striders, members of which gather to work out on the outdoor quarter-mile track across the street at the Civic Arena. Similarly, guests at the Houston Oaks Hotel are allowed to use the five-laps-to-the-mile Tartan track that encircles the glass dome of the Galleria, a shopping complex next door.
Some hotels provide guests with maps showing measured runs through nearby parks and streets. The Capital Hilton in Washington suggests doing "Monumental Miles," a selection of 1.5-, three- and five-mile runs, each route passing by such landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial. The Sheraton in Boston charts a route that includes a section of the Boston Marathon course.
Also popular at hotels are "parcours." Along jogging paths, which are meant to be covered in a specified time, are exercise stations equipped with balance beams, chinning bars and the like. The Rye Town Hilton in New York's Westchester County offers a course with 18 stations. The Hyatt in Orlando has a 1.3- mile, 20-station layout, while San Francisco's Hyatt Regency has built a half-mile, nine-station course on adjacent sidewalks and parkland. Guests at a sister hotel, the Hyatt on Union Square, are encouraged to use the same course. Because of the perils of city traffic and fears that guests might get lost, they need not run to get there. They are taken the 12 blocks to the parcours at 7:15 a.m. and returned an hour later—by limousine.
GEORGIA ON EVERYBODY'S MIND
Georgia Rosenbloom, majority owner of the Los Angeles Rams, fired her stepson, Steve Rosenbloom, as the club's executive vice-president last week, escalating their unseemly family feud (SI, Aug. 13). The action by Carroll Rosenbloom's widow made Ram watchers wonder what might happen next. Will Georgia bring back former Ram Coach George Allen, whom she has been effusively praising? Will she scrap the club's proposed switch from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium? Will Steve, tapped by his father to run the Rams, sue Georgia?
The beneficiary of Steve's dismissal is his bitter rival, Don Klosterman, whom Georgia restored to his old job as the Rams' day-to-day boss. There is so much bad blood between the young Rosenbloom and Klosterman that when Steve, who is popular with Ram players, let it be known that he planned to attend a team meeting to say goodby, Klosterman canceled the meeting. An impromptu get-together between Steve and the players occurred anyway, which raises an intriguing question: Seeing as players can be fined for missing a meeting, can they also be fined for attending one?