On this day in 1986, 19-year-old Michael Gerard Tyson became the youngest-ever Heavyweight Champion of the World. This is remarkable mainly for those of us who were aware of it at the time, because, really, 25 years ago? Good lord.
I went away for three days last week, up to a cabin in the woods that is owned by a couple I am lucky enough to know who have not been going there much lately because they just had a baby. It's in Catskill, New York, where Cus D'Amato taught Mike Tyson how to box. It’s very secluded. You can’t see any other houses. So it's an excellent place to go to be by yourself and write apology letters to people from your past who probably don't even remember you. It is definitely a cabin, as opposed to a house. Very rustic, no frills. It was built [...]
"It’s no secret that I love pigeons. They have been a fascination of mine since I was a young boy, and they continue to bring me great peace even now. People are curious as to why I have such great affection for them. The answer is simple. It’s because they aren’t difficult to understand. Unlike human beings that have the capacity to manipulate and deceive one another, they are basically animals of habit. If you treat them well, feed them, give them safe housing and lots of love, you can expect a good relationship with them." —Mike Tyson, oddly like Bert from Sesame Street.