Goal Dust: The Warm Candid Memoirs of a Pioneer Black Athlete and Actor

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
Woody Strode's extraordinary career led him from football field to wrestling ring to Hollywood. In 1939 Woody, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington led UCLA to its first undefeated football season. After World War II Woody and Kenny Washington became the first blacks to play in the NFL. In 1950 Woody became pro wrestling's first black star, After that it was a small step to Hollywood where he appeared in such films as The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, and The Cotton Club. Sam Young and Woody Strode met while working on a televisions production. Their relationship grew until after three years, countless hours of conversations and interviews, Goal Dust was completed.
 

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Goal dust: an autobiography

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Strode is remembered as a black athlete in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and as an actor in the 1950s and 1960s. In this autobiography he recounts his myriad career: as a football player at UCLA in the ... Read full review

Contents

Mixed Breed
1
A History Lesson
7
City of the Angels
17
Genesis
27
The Real Heroes
37
He Wore Number 13
49
Black Lightning Strikes
61
The Princess Luana
73
Just a Roommate
145
A Hero in Dogtown
157
Hit That Son of a Bitch Willie
169
An Introduction to Hollywood
181
Buffalo Soldier
191
Papa Ford
205
The Mongrel
213
Star Billing
225

The Dead End Kids
81
The Goal Dust Gang
93
What the Hell Is That?
107
The University of March Field
119
Photographs follows
124
The Integration of Pro Sports
133
Bene Grazie Italia
233
The Last Hurdle
245
An Old Race Horse
249
Woody Strode Filmography
257
Acknowledgments
261
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