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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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The Art of Boxing

- August 4th, 2005
What goes better than art and boxing? Find out Saturday, Aug. 13 at ArtFist, an event which blends an exhibition of paintings with fisticuffs at the Grand Traverse Resort.
ArtFist will celebrate the paintings of Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a Miami artist who also served as Muhammad Ali’s ringside doctor in addition to his work as a fight commentator. A 4 p.m. reception and art exhibition at Governor’s Hall will be followed by a dinner at 6:30 and then boxing by members of the Trigger Gym, among others.
Local favorites in the ring will include Jacob Laman of TC Central High and Dominic Piscopo of Bellaire. Former state champion Alex Trevino of Trigger Gym will be on the scene, hoping to avenge a Golden Gloves loss to Vincent Bowe of Grand Rapids.
In other words, ArtFist is not your usual art exhibit where the level of combat tends to be catty barbs from other artists.
Artist Pacheco was born in Tampa in 1927 of Spanish heritage. He aims for a bold, splashy style with strong colors and designs, many of which are drawn from memories of a life that has been rich in experience.
For instance, after establishing a career as a pharmacist and medical doctor, he went on to serve 12 world champions as a “corner man” in the boxing ring, including a 17-year run with Muhammad Ali.
A true Renaissance Man, he also served as a boxing consultant for NBC for 10 years, spent 25 years in broadcasting, and has had 14 books published in addition to many articles and reviews in national publications.
Dr. Pacheco has also witnessed the rough side of life on the other side of the ring. As a young doctor transplanted from notorious Ybor City in Tampa, he established his first practice in Miami’s Little Havana at a time when the first Cuban exiles began flooding into the U.S. Their stories and tales of his own Cuban-born father found their way into the exuberance of his artwork.
Speaking of which, Dr. Pacheco began drawing and painting at the age of five. Although he realized by the age of 14 that he wanted to become a doctor, he continued his lifelong passion for art. He cites artistic influences by the likes of Van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Thomas Hart Benton and George Grosz, among others.
Art is also a family affair: he’s been married for 33 years to Luisita Sevilla, a Flamenco artist and photographer.

Tickets for ArtFist are $55, including a wine & cheese reception, exhibition, dinner and music by Dawn Harris. For the boxing match alone, general admission is $15. Call Trigger Boxing at 231-933-7050, or the Resort at 231-534-6000.
 
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