I’ve relapsed. I’m back on Pinterest. It’s a ridiculous timewaste. I had an account when the site first started, but quickly deleted it because there’s only so many zucchini bread, mashed cauliflower or rainbow cupcake recipes one can see pinned ad nauseum before going insane.
Aside from pinning examples of Rick Rude’s ringwear, I’ve been filling a board with boxing images from various museums, libraries, and archives: “Boxing in Boxes: The Sweet Science in Archives.” It’s been a fun scavenger hunt that kills time before passing out at night, especially since learning that one of my grad school professors has a MASSIVE boxing collection in his care.
In 2007, the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive was willed to the Brooklyn College Library, where Prof. Anthony Cucchiara is the head of archives and special collections. Yeah!!!!! Yes, I am YEARS behind everything but I was so stoked to read that my old professor (who is a fight fan and a boxer) has this collection. He even got an NEH grant a few years back to rehouse the collection and hasten processing because boxing and Prof. Cucchiara are awesome! Er, the sweet science is a valuable piece of American cultural history.