June 7, 1961: Gene Tunney's chief claim to fame is he licked an over-aged Jack Dempsey twice. It won him respect but not affection. A peculiar thing about the public is it resents a man who topples a popular champion and Gene was no exception. Just ask Ezzard Charles. He overturned Joe Louis and could hardly get anybody to go to lunch with him. Sandy Saddler beat Willie Pep and people stopped speaking to him on the street. And so on.
Notice: Women’s weightlifting in the 1960s. The caption notes that Judy Miller lifts weights, but she’s still “pretty.”