‘So they rang him up in his room.
And he said ‘alright – tell Mr McKenzie to come up and see me’.’
When McKenzie got to his room he said Ali had a big smile on his face and told him he remembered him from the photo.
McKenzie had his son with him and he told Ali his shy son wanted to be a boxer.
Ali proceeded to put his fists up and pose with him – pretending to box his son.
During that same visit McKenzie invited him to come and dine at the restaurant he worked at in Henderson.
He was singing there regularly to pay off his second mortgage.
‘He said yes – so later I went to the hotel and told him to come with me – his entourage followed my car to the Palomino Restaurant’ said McKenzie.
They closed down the restaurant to the public while Ali and his entourage were there and McKenzie sang – like he’d been doing for three years at the Henderson restaurant.
‘He enjoyed my singing so much that he picked up his wife and danced on the dancing floor’.
(ed:..it almost makes you want to go out on a little pilgrimage to henderson..to try to find the palomino restaurant..to stand and imagine..eh..?..)