BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
PACOIMA, CALIFORNIA - A 13-year-old boy had a dream to come to America, and make something out of himself. And that he did. Fidel Briseno left Mexico for the United States, and hasn't looked back since. As a kid, he boxed as an amateur, training with his coach, Bob King, straight out of Central City Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California, and maintained a positive perspective on life in the big city. "There are a number of things kids can get themselves into to windup in the back seat of a cop car, and off to juvenile hall, but I chose a local boxing gym as an after school program. It helped me stay out of trouble, especially here in Los Angeles, are you kidding me?" Fidel Briseno said with confidence.
Fidel fought five professional bouts before his boxing career came to a halt due to a construction injury, and decided to teach kids how to box in his spare time. It worked. He helped a kid named Miguel Espino Jr. win the National Silver Gloves in the State of Kansas, and finish in second place in the exact tournament the following year. As a professional, Miguel Espino Jr., fought for the WBO, WBC, and Ring Magazine titles against Kelly Pavlik on December 19, 2009 at the Beeghly Physical Education Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Fidel has mentored a number of kids, and persuaded them to achieve their goals outside of the ring. Fidel, "El Terremoto," and his lifetime friend, Joe Dixon, now, Park Director, at David M. Gonzalez Park, persuaded local politicians, such as, Alex Padilla, then City Councilman, to open a boxing gym in Pacoima, California, and place it under their supervision to help troubled kids focus on something other than crime. "I am telling you! Whether you are rich, or poor, your kids can wind up in the same courthouse. Why not pressure them into an after school program like computer literacy, English, Spanish, creative writing, arts and crafts, or even boxing," Fidel firmly noted.
The Pacoima Boxing Club is open every week night to the public, and kids must be eight or older to participate. There is no cover charge. However, Fidel and his staff expect everyone to respect the gym's rules - One: meet, and greet politely; Two: take turns using the equipment; Three: make friends; Four: give and receive compliments; Five: Get good grades in school; Six: report bullying to your teacher, coach, or parent; Seven: Respect your parents, and coaches. These seven basic principles have worked wonders in these kids lives, helping them day-to-day to become outstanding students inside, and outside of the ring.
As the former Vice President, and Junior Olympic Coordinator of the USA Southern California Association with decades of experience, Fidel has truly impacted many children's lives. With the aid of generous sponsors and philanthropic donations, he has flown some of the best athletes from California to compete in international events, such as, Tahiti, and New Zealand for sanctioned competitions. Fidel and his staff members, including Coach Trinidad "Trini" Luciano, and Coach Marcos Murillo have accomplished many goals in their amateur boxing careers. "We are proud to work with the most deserving amateur boxers at Pacoima Boxing Club, who are the ones who show up on time, diet, get good grades, and respect their parents and the art of boxing. Nothing comes easy in this gym," Fidel boldly confirmed.
"Ask Emilio Sanchez! Nothing happens over night! That boy was in here six days a week! He was the first one to arrive, and the last one to leave our gym! Now, he has a professional record of 15 wins with 10 knockouts, and zero, and I mean zero losses! He is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, but check this out, this is where he started! At Pacoima Boxing Club!" Fidel Briseno shrugs his shoulders, and laughs. "It's true!"
Saul Sanchez was unavailable for comment, but his father, Jo Sanchez said, "Saul has six wins, and four knockouts. No losses!"
Pacoima Boxing Club
Phone · (818) 899-1950 · Address · 10943 Herrick Ave Pacoima, California 91331
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
VALLEY GLEN, CALIFORNIA - Muhammad Ali was a former three-time world heavyweight champion, and major sports figure of the 20th century. Ali had a professional record consisting of 56 wins, including 37 knockouts, and 5 defeats. The lyrical heavyweight rose from humble beginnings, and wowed the world in his 21-year professional boxing career.
Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, and laced up his first pair of boxing gloves when he was 12 years old. As a high school student, he won two national Golden Gloves championships, and two Amateur Athletic Union national light-heavyweight titles. In 1960, Ali traveled to Rome, and competed in the Summer Olympics, returning home with a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division. The 6-foot-3-inch won his first professional bout on October 29, 1960 at 18-years-of-age. On February 26, 1964, he received his first title shot in Miami Beach, Florida against Sonny Liston, the reigning and defending champion. His braggadocio, foot work, and punching power stopped Liston in the seventh round. He was crowned heavyweight champion of the world.
On April 28, 1967, Ali appeared for his scheduled induction into the U.S Armed Forces at the Army Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston, Texas, and refused to enter the Vietnam War by not stepping forward for induction after his name was called upon. Unlike, Bill Clinton, he was convicted of draft evasion, and completely stripped of his passport, boxing license, and championship titles. He was fined $10,000, and received a three year suspension. After, three and a half years in exile, Ali returned to the ring, and experienced his first lost to Joe Frazier. He fought some high-caliber names in the heavyweight division, including, George Foreman, in a fight billed as the "Rumble in the Jungle." Ali retired on December 11, 1981 after losing to Trevor Berbick at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassu, The Bahamas.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, INC.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - On April 2, 1513, a Spanish conquistador, Juan Ponce de León, is acknowledged as being the first European to discover Florida and claiming the land for the Spanish crown. He named the new land La Florida, Spanish for The Flower. It is the earliest European settlement. It would eventually fall into the hands of the United States, making it the twenty-seventh state on March 3, 1845.
In this day and age, Florida is the "Yachting Capital of the World," and home to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host the 52nd edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 - 5. The in-water boat show features over $1 billion dollars worth of boats, including, catamarans, express cruisers, jet boats, motor yachts, sportsfishers, sailing yachts, and canoes, alluring an international crowd of buyers. This year, the “Queen of the Show,” will be on display, and is a 257-foot vessel manufactured by Lurssen, a German company, featuring eight staterooms, an elevator, and a helipad for superiority.
The industry's elite ship builders and partners, such as Robb Report, Smallwood's Yachtwear, Elite Traveler, Guy Harvey, and the International Game Fish Association, draw high net worth individuals from around the world to shop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the most extravagant yachts. There will be over 1,500 boats on display, and over 1,200 exhibitors from over 20 countries, seminars, and boating skill classes for attendees to participate in during their visit to the largest in-water boat show in the world. The show clearly welcomes the global boating community, which covers over 3 million square feet of exhibition space, providing a transportation network of water-taxis, and land shuttles for guests to reach seven different locations. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017 show tickets can be purchased online at www.FLIB.com.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS - A 19-year-old Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip discharged the firearm that not only killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and his wife, Sofia on June 28, 1914, but, triggered World War I, and an outbreak of violence that left roughly 17 million people dead within four years. Princip received the maximum penalty, 20 years in prison, and died in the prison infirmary of tuberculosis on April 28, 1918. A military alliance of Austria-Hungary, Ottoman-Empire, Bulgaria, and Germany formed the majority of the Central Powers, and a military alliance of The British Empire, Serbia, Russia, Italy, and the United States of America formed the majority of the Allied Powers. This obviously created "world" hostility, starting on July 28, 1914 and quietly ending on November 11, 1918.
The following year, The Treaty of Versailles, a cease-fire agreement, was signed on June 28, 1919. "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations...," stated President Woodrow Wilson. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, established November, 11, 1919 a legal holiday every year.
Today, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a 501(c) (3) top-rated non-profit organization that constructs, and pledges custom house across the nation. HFOT reported its Veterans Day Celebrity campaign roster. Cher, George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Jake Tapper are a few of the prominent names bringing their talent together to reinforce HFOT's objective. Offered exclusively through eBay for Charity, bidding will go live on November 4, 2017, and close on November 14, 2017 at eBay.com/homesforourtroops. "We have a tremendous opportunity with this auction to advance our capacity to build homes and rebuild lives," said Tom Landwermeyer, HFOT President and CEO. "Jake and his celebrity team along with the generous bidders will enable HFOT to get more deserving post 9/11 Veterans into the custom specially adapted homes they need."
Please donate today or see how you can help by calling (866) 787-6677.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
In Greek mythology, Nike is the winged goddess of victory, and the daughter of Pallas, a powerful Titan god of warcraft. The goddess was an eminent figure that dates back to the second century, or after Christ, the Hellenistic Period, appearing on pottery, in statues, and coins, holding a wreath to present to a triumphant athlete, or, warrior. A Greek would say, "When we go to battle and win, we say it is NIKE."
As of October 2017, Nike, Inc. has a market capitalization of $ 91.2 billion dollars, a stock price of $56.81 per share, 70,700 employees worldwide, and global sales of $33.82 billion dollars. Yeah baby! “The consumer today expects a premium experience, with innovative product and services delivered faster and more personally,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Fueled by a transformation of our business, we are attacking growth opportunities through innovation, speed and digital to accelerate long-term, sustainable and profitable growth.”
Once upon a time, a woman named Lota Hatfield Knight, gave birth to a baby boy on February 24, 1938 in Portland, Oregon. He was very energetic as a kid. He ran track, and field at Grover Cleveland High School. Somewhere along the line he was nicknamed "Buck." The average distance runner competed on the University of Oregon's track team, and formed a partnership with Bill Bowerman, his former coach. They raised enough financial capital to launch Blue Ribbon Sports, a resale/distributor of an imported Onitsuka Tiger shoes (Asics) company, and began selling them alongside Bowerman-designed shoes to everybody with feet, especially, at high school track meets. Legal troubles endued, and Onitsuka Tiger, and Blue Ribbon Sports were at each others throat. However, millions of dollars were made in the process. Approximately, $3 million dollars a year in shoe sales.
A light-bulb moment occurred, and it was time to re-brand. An employee named Jeff Johnson invented the name, Nike, and the Cortez officially became the first shoe to be sold under their newly publicized name. On December 12, 1980, the company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NKE at $2.87 a share, and helped the company spearhead overseas sales. The company generated roughly $867 million dollars four years after its initial public offering. In 1985, they approached Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, and as The Godfather would put it, "I am going to make him an offer he can't refuse." A five year endorsement deal worth $500,000 per year, which, included a clause, stock options, and the opportunity to make even more money depending on shoe sales. Countless commercials glorifying Michael Jordan dunking a ball in the netted hoop, and with Spike Lee in a classroom filled with students aired on television across the planet.
Today, NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. As noted, its investing in a "Triple Double Strategy," they devised to propel growth through three core areas of the company that include 2X innovation, 2X speed, and 2X Direct. The "Triple Double Strategy" is bound to connect the NIKE Brand and products with consumers in new and more powerful ways across 12 key cities and 10 key countries.
Shawn W. Anderson