I know I'm not famous like Magic Johnson and have never had even a small fraction of his money on his poorest day since becoming a Laker, and therefore in the eyes of the world his accomplishments are worth much more than mine, and everyone listens to him and looks up to him. Just like Oprah. Rich is always good. Famous isn't. I was really famous for a while when Oprah was a teenager. She may even have seen my world record performances both on and off the track. Maybe she has forgotten what "Black and Proud" meant, because the way she goes on apologizing for African Americans and AIDS is enough to make me sick.
But both Oprah and Magic are really powerful people. They have more money than Fort Knox and they can say anything they want, anytime and any place. So why don't they speak up about AIDS? They could at least stop pretending that there is no controversy, or that all folks who say that HIV is NOT the cause of AIDS are whack.
I found out that while I was away with my team in Little Rock participating in the Sunbelt Conference Cross Country championships (which we won), there was a fair amount of activity on the special online bulletin board, and that the comments from "denialists" out numbered the "believers" 37 to 20 before air time, and were a lot better written. One of my friends copied some of the more interesting ones before the bulletin board disappeared from Oprah's site yesterday. [Read them here]
So now that I've gotten your attention Ms. Winfrey, how about having me and Prof. Duesberg on your famous show?
You have shilled for AIDS, Inc. about 100 times over the years, and I don't think you have ever given 5 minutes to discussing the fact that a lot of very smart people, with no vested interests, have been questioning this thing since the beginning. You made a lot of noise with backing down on that bogus book you gave your name to. Nobody thought the worse of you for having been fooled. You have been fooled by AIDS, Inc. too, and it really is not so embarrassing considering all the very rich and powerful people who also have been fooled (or are major shareholders doing the fooling), and who are your friends, and tell you all the inside dirt about everything. Have any told you privately what is really up with AIDS?
So how about it, O? And if you do have the integrity and bravery to take me up on my offer, no balancing Fauci allowed. I don't remember the last time anyone felt that a representative of AIDS, Inc. needed to have his "propaganda" balanced by the other side. America is waking up to this shell game, Oprah.
As a coach with a lot of accomplishments, I have some final advice. Change teams.
I look forward to the call from one of your producers. My number can be found easily through the University of South Alabama directory.
Peace & Love
A new biography, by noted sport's writer Frank Murphy, The Last Protest: Lee Evans in Mexico City, contains the only account of that unforgettable olympics Lee vouches for as accurate. Mr. Evans is currently the head track and field coach at The Univesity of South Alabama in Mobile, and one of his recruits, Vincent Rono (from Kenya) captured the gold in the men's 1500 m. final of the NCAA games held in Sacramento in June. Almost nobody knew this because the TV commenters thought the real story was in interviewing the second place finisher from Florida. Even though he lost, his team (the favorite) still took first, and the TV people wanted to make sure he did not feel really badly about being beaten by some African from a no name university who was coached by the still unmentionable Lee Evans, who told Avery Brundidge and the entire racist Olympic establishment where to shove it 40 years ago. And since he never recanted, he has never been forgiven. I don't have to say how many national medals the UofSouthA won before his arrival four short years ago, but it would be the same as the number of AIDS patients cured in more than 25. (Otis)
NOTE: If you would like to see Lee Evans and Peter Duesberg discuss AIDS, and maybe a few other things, with Ms. Winfrey, an email to the big O, with a copy to the little one here, might get her further attention, so to speak.