Welcoming Jeremey Williams into the California Boxing Hall of Fame, October, 2016.
Inducting Barney Ross into the California Boxing Hall of Fame, October, 2016.
Watch Ken’s boxing tips at:
California Boxing Hall of Fame 2011 Program.
Ken was an M.C. for the event on June 25, 2011
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Golden Gloves boxer, Boilermakers union VP
Michael “Woody” Wood, dead at 93 from cardiac arrest
His Golden Gloves fists helped him fight for his union – and feed his family. Michael “Woody” Wood grew up in Humboldt Park, the oldest of four children of Russian and Polish Jews. His father worked for a clothing workers’ union. Young Woody’s neighborhood was “a hothouse for gangsters,” according to a 1919 Chicago Daily News story. It produced outsized personalities and talents like movie-maker Mike Todd and authors Nelson Algren and Saul Bellow. Kids there learned to keep their wits sharp and their dukes up. Woody found a haven at the Deborah Boys Club, then at 2441 W. Division Street. The club, founded by a Jewish women’s organization, was a refuge for him and the other wisenheimers and toughies looking for a place to belong. At one of his bouts, he faced off against an Italian fighter who, as an insult, wore a Jewish star on the seat of his pants. Woody trounced him. And, as he told it, for months afterward, every Jewish restaurant on Division Street fed him for free.
Maureen O’Donnell, Chicago Sun Times, June 15, 2013