Arthur Ashe, one of my abiding heroes,
is still the ONLY black man to have won the
Wimbledon men’s title.
I still remember that momentous day in vivid detail.
I was living in a picturesque cottage in Owslebury, Hampshire, that I was renting from a Major in the British Army. See below — though that lane has changed a ‘bit’ in the last 42 years!
It was my first Summer there having moved in Owslebury in September 1974 when I started working for IBM.
It was a sunny, warm Saturday. My in-laws were up for the weekend. The Major was extremely nice but was very particular that we maintained his ‘pride and joy’ in tip-top shape. So that Saturday all of us were busy getting the frontage to the road under control. So we labored in the sun while listening to the live commentary on the BBC.
I was so delighted when Arthur won. I cried. We watched the BBC TV coverage that night on my new Sony color TV.
I miss Arthur Ashe. He was A MAN — a great man. What a shame we lost him so young.
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