Monday, August 08, 2005

Oldest Boxing Gym in the World

Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York, is the oldest and best-known boxing gym in the world. Founded in 1937, it has produced champions such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Zab "Super" Judah, and Jake La Motta. You can still get in to do your thing for only $15 for a day pass.

Gleason's hosts White-Collar Fights, in which amateurs (including women and kids) get to mix it up in the ring in front of a paying audience. The events happen on Saturdays, usually once a month. Call for a schedule.

Gleason also hosts the Gleason Boxing Hall of Fame, which includes almost every famous boxer you can remember. A total of 121 world champions have made Gleason's their home away from home.

Address: Gleason's Gym, 83 Front Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-1006; 718-797-2872. Email: Web:

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Oldest Athletic Club in the U.S.

The New Orleans Athletic Club opened its doors on September 2, 1872. At that time, they charged 50 cents a month in dues. You can now get in for $20 (for a day pass if you're staying in a nearby hotel).

Some of the famous people who have worked out here include heavyweight boxer John L. Sullivan, actor and singer Harry Connick Jr., actor Clark Gable, playwright Tennessee Williams, actor Alec Baldwin, comedian Art Linkletter, actor Kevin Costner, basketball player John Havlicek, comedian Phil Harris, basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jimmy the Greek, singer Frankie Laine, Olympic swimmer and Tarzan actor Johnny Weismuller, comedian Bob Hope, and politicians Huey, Earl, and Russell Long.

Address: New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; 504-525-2375; Fax: 504-524-4875. Web:

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

United States Vice Presidential Museum

The Dan Quayle Center in his hometown of Huntington, Indiana is the only museum dedicated to the vice presidents of the United States.

As one VP noted of the office: "The office is not worth a pitcher of warm spit." -- John Nance Garner, vice president

Address: United States Vice Presidential Museum, Dan Quayle Center, 815 Warren Street, P O Box 856, Huntington, Indiana 46750; 260-356-6356; Fax: 260-356-1455. Email: Web: