That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology - 2016-06-04
Like the rest of the world, we're remembering Muhammad Ali today with the passing of one of the 20th century's most intriguing personalities. Like you, we're seeing a lot of great pieces about Ali's career as an athlete and his memorable quotes as a human being, one of the best known human beings of all time.
Ali, of course, was well known for his 1964 conversion to Islam. But we couldn't help wonder if Scientology ever made a run at the famous boxer. And that's when we found that Janet Reitman, in her 2011 book, Inside Scientology, mentioned Ali in connection to a subtle church operation that took place in 1981.
Before there was "We Are the World" (1985) and "Do They Know It's Christmas" (1984), there was "Get High on Yourself," a star-studded, if awful song about saying no to drugs that made use of some of the biggest celebrities of the time to bring publicity to a cause.