November 12th, 2011

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library Semi Annual Fall Book Sale next Thursday, November 19th?

The search for Tom Doniphon is apparent in my book, **The Adventures of Cinema Dave in the Florida Motion Picture World.** In the final chapter, I wrote about the importance of letting go of the many artifacts in my apartment. This was been hard to do because these artifacts remind me of the people associated with these gifts.

It would be easy to merely “throw out” these items, but I feel it would devalue the spirit of generosity in which I received these artifacts, so I have been working with nonprofit institutions and donating these items, “From the Cave of Cinema Dave.”

While the “Cinema Dave Adventure Pack” raised $50.00 for the 26th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, I wonder how much money will be raised at the Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library Semi Annual Fall Book Sale next Thursday, November 19th?

Thus far, the LHP Library has received eight boxes from my cave, with more on the way. Besides “special collection VHS” and movie related books, one will find text books, biographies and historical books that were used to supplement the curriculum for a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence circa 1996. Who knows one might find their Tom Doniphon next Thursday at the LHP Annual Fall Book Sale.

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Smoking Joe Frazier and the Ghost of Tom Doniphon

John Wayne portrayed Tom Doniphon, **The Man who Shot Liberty Valance,** though Ranse Stoddard (James Stewart) got the credit for eliminating the bad guy, portrayed by Lee Marvin. As your humble swashbuckling journalist and information scientist, I have always sought the Tom Doniphons lost in the shadows of history.

Often considered the stepping stone in the overhyped career of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier is the Tom Doniphon of pugilistic history. The South Paw from Philadelphia was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1969-1973 and only lost to two men, - twice - Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. After his heavyweight heyday, it was revealed that “Smokin’ Joe” was partially blind from cataracts when he was World Heavyweight Champion.

Overcoming handicaps is something Joe Frazier was trained to do at a very young age. Frazier’s father, Rubin, lost his left arm a year before Joe was born. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Joe Frazier became his father’s “left hand man.” There is no irony that when he knocked down Ali in Superfight I forty years ago, Smokin’ Joe Frazier did it with a left hook. Given his perseverance growing up, it is appropriate that Joe Frazier has a cameo appearance in the original **Rocky.”

Photos copied from Joe Frazier's Official website. No copywright infringement intended;