And then the next morning he sent me an email. This is what it said:
my hero is mohammed ali
as they say about the Timex in their ads
takes a lickin'
keeps on tickin'
Of course Muhammad Ali would be his hero. Though born worlds apart, there was a lot in common. Ali was a wise man, a fighter and poet. He worked harder than anyone and was generous with his money. He had dignity, courage and humour and stood up for what he believed.
Leonard's son Adam Cohen appears to have inherited Ali as his own hero, naming his son after him.
I've been reading so many fine words on Ali this weekend by people who knew him far better than I.
All I can add is that America has lost one of its greatest.