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As Ali has evolved, so have Louisvillians with him

Updated: November 22, 2005, 6:36 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Here, the stories that make the old folks' eyes twinkle are not about the Thrilla in Manila, the Rumble in the Jungle or life as a worldwide ambassador for peace.

Here, in Muhammad Ali's hometown, the stories start when he was just Cassius -- a high-spirited, loquacious teenager from the poor streets of Louisville's West End, who dared to dream of things so much more grand than his reality would seem to permit.

On a warm and sunny November afternoon, three old ...

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