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there, even before she saw him. “The crowd went crazy for him. You know, when my sister [Tiara] and I were little, we didn’t know much about what Pop did. When we went out with him, everybody knew his name, but we just thought he had a lot of friends. We didn’t know he was famous because it was never about him. It was always about us and what we were doing. Poppy is a big teddy bear. He’s got a soft heart.” Granddaughter Franchesca Frazier-Lopez (owner and operator of a full-service traveling hair-andnails salon ) agrees. “My favorite memory of him is when he came to my graduation. He didn’t want to make a scene, but everybody wanted to see him and say hello. It’s that way everywhere he goes. People love him.” The GRAND tribute to Frazier is not lost on any of the family members. Thirty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren with their own parents take over the upstairs room where Joe once kept his own apartment. They vie for their turns at the mirrors and the sinks, primping for the camera. The gym, even in its barren state, is a playground for the little ones. They punch the heavy bag hanging from the ceiling, barely getting it to budge, and chase each other around the room. Frazier enjoys the scene and gets up from his chair to give the young ones a lesson on how to hit a heavy bag. The devastating left hook is still there. Smiling broadly, Frazier punishes the bag in quick and measured blows, knocking back the younger adult (my starstruck husband) who is steadying the champ’s bag. Frazier’s not half-trying, yet he’s made his point: I’ve still got it. One by one, the Fraziers climb into the ring. Perched high above them on a ladder, GRAND’s photographer takes his best shot—and then some. All too soon it’s over, but the family isn’t ready to break up the party. They linger to speak to Pop and have their own cameras to snap memories. Frazier looks around him, amused. “For some reason, my daughters had sons and my boys had girls. I don’t know how that happened.” Marvis, who never seems to wander far away from Frazier’s side, says wistfully that he doesn’t know when the family will be together like this again. Soon, the gym is empty. Frazier takes another long look at the abandoned place where he invested his heart and soul. “It burns me up,” he says. “The gym needs to be here. All these years, I did it out of love and to help my brothers and sisters. I tried to help a lot of fighters. When they got good and when they got better, they walked away. What can you do? I’ve been all over the world. Paul Anka rewrote the song [“My Way”] for me. He wrote, ‘I’ll fight them my way.’ There ain’t been a dull moment in my life.” G CLICK ON VIDEO CONTROLS TO PLAY JUNE 2009 GRAND 25
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - GRAND Finale
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