Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tribute to Joe Frazier

 I know this isn't Mets related, But I felt I had to honor a great champion.


met Joe Frazier back in 1975 when I was 17. He was amazing. Very impressive. He autographed a few drawings for me. He said, " Wow, You're like LeRoy Neiman.Keep at it. I'm sure I'll see you again. " I left feeling great.

Now, I believe there are things that are meant to be. People meet because they are supposed to meet. Things happen for a reason. Nothing is a coincidence.

This past week I was supposed to do a signing with him on a limited edition piece from a painting I did. The other day I got a call from my publisher, who told me to send the pieces back. Joe wasn't going to be signing them.

Last night when I heard the news , a chill ran thru me.

I didn't get to see him. I guess it was almost meant to be.


Rest in Peace Smokin' Joe. I will see you again.

2 comments:

  1. That's a terrific drawing, Joe, and a great story.

    That meeting in 1975 was meant to be. Sounds like he provided some inspiration to you to pursue your artwork at a young age, and I'm sure it gave you confidence going forward.

    You're smokin' with the brush and he clearly recognized your talent.

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  2. anybody else expecting an illo for the new unis or the ballpark changes?

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