Let’s go back to 1960, and the Olympic games. That was the year a 26-year-old named Rafer Johnson took the gold medal in the decathlon. Four years earlier, Johnson had won the silver.
But his achievements did not end when his athletic career was over. Johnson became a successful actor in the 1960s and ”70s.
Johnson also became politically active in the 1960s, and that’s how he found himself in the kitchen at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night. Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, 55 years ago this week.
I met him in 1998, when he wrote his autobiography, called The Best that I Can Be:
So here now, from 1998, Rafer Johnson.z
Rafer Johnson died in 2020. He was 86
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