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Ten O'Clock News; Brain damage from boxing


Reviewing opinions on the dangers of boxing and risk of brain damage. Scenes of bowers training and sparring in the ring at Connolly's Gym. Interview with doctor Francis Rocket on the danger of brain damage. Interview with Boxing Commissioner James McCarin, using Muhammad Ali as an example of a boxer affected by brain damage from the sport. Footage of Ali, he slurs his speech. Boxing can also cause blindness. Interview with eye doctor Edward Ryan. Gym owner Jim Connolly defends boxing in comparison to other more dangerous sports like hockey and football.

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Ten O'Clock News

Brain damage from boxing

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Ali, Muhammad, 1942-
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Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Brain damage from boxing,” 10/31/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7115B4A1A5EC4E779D6F796C49C3A6EA.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Brain damage from boxing.” 10/31/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7115B4A1A5EC4E779D6F796C49C3A6EA>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Brain damage from boxing. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7115B4A1A5EC4E779D6F796C49C3A6EA
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