Scrapbook

George Foreman with President Johnson

''After I won the Gold Medal, I went to the White House to present President Lyndon Johnson with a plaque as a way of thanking him for creating the Job Corps.'' George entered the Job Corps as a teenager and it completely changed his life. Among many other things, the Job Corps is where George learned about boxing for the first time.

1969

George in Jamaica

Back row: Ron Weathers, Norman Henry, Bob Cook, Willie Carpenter

1973

George in Kinston, Jamaica

George with Joe Louis (middle) and Archie Moore a few days before George fought Joe Frazier in Kinston, Jamaica. George considers Joe Louis the greatest heavyweight champion ever and that Archie Moore is the best light heavyweight champion in history.

January 1973

''Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier''

George knocks down Joe Frazier six times in the first two rounds to win the heavyweight title for the first time on Jan. 22, 1973, in Kinston, Jamaica.

1973

George with Muhammad Ali

George was the heavyweight champion for about two months when this picture was taken. George was in San Diego to watch Muhammad Ali fight Ken Norton. Many expected that Ali would defeat Norton which would set up a title shot for Ali against George. However, Norton beat Ali in a 12-round decision. Ali fought the last 10 rounds of the fight with a broken jaw.

1973

Gov. Reagan and the World Boxing Council Title Belt

California governor Ronald Reagan presents George with his World Boxing Council title belt. George won the title earlier that year, but hadn't received the belt yet (each champion receives his own personalized belt after winning the title). Reagan, the future U.S. President, presented George with the belt at the state capitol in Sacramento. George hadn't seen the belt before that day and was surprised when he received it during the visit.

1973

Championship Belt Tour

''I was on a tour to show school kids my Championship Belt. This was in Oakland, California.''

1973

George riding one of his horses in Marshall, Texas.

1974

Merv Griffin Show

George on the set of the Merv Griffin Show with Danny Thomas.

1974

World Series Game in Oakland

''I got to throw out the first pitch for a World Series game in Oakland, California. In the green jacket is Charlie Finley who was the owner of the Oakland A's.''

1974

''My First Rolls Royce''

1974

''I'm standing with one of the bellmen at a hotel in Livermore, California''

1974

Defending Championship Title

George skipping rope and preparing to defend his championship title.

1974

Don King in New York

Boxing promoter Don King in New York City with George (and an opportunistic parking attendant).

1975

The Rumble in the Jungle

George being fitted for robes during his time in Zaire before ''The Rumble in the Jungle'' fight against Muhammad Ali. ''I had a tailor in Zaire that was fitting me in all kinds of robes. I'm trying one on right here. This was in the Intercontinental Hotel.''

1974

George and Jonathan Winters

George meets Jonathan Winters for the first time as Winters received a charitable award in Los Angeles

1975

George Lifting a Cow

George was in a photo shoot for one the earliest issues of People magazine. The editors gave George the freedom to come up with a photo idea. ''I'm going to put a stand out here and we'll put a cow on the stand. I was going to lift the cow just for a second while the photographer quickly take a couple of shots and then set the cow back on the stand. Instead the stand fell over so the cow basically fell on me. So I had to carry around this cow for a LOT longer than I wanted. This photo is the result of a mistake. They were shocked that I could walk around carrying this cow. This photo is real!''

1975

Dick Van Dyke TV Show

George and Freddie Prinze in rehearsal for a Dick Van Dyke comedy special TV show

1975

Celebrity Bowling

(L-R) Roy Rogers, Don Adams, Bob Newhart, and George competing on the TV show ''Celebrity Bowling'' in Los Angeles. ''On the left is my first hero, cowboy Roy Rogers. I was so overwhelmed when I met him!''

1975

''My First Custom-Made Car''

''George Barris, who made the first Batmobile, customized this car for me. I found him because I heard that whenever John Wayne bought a new car, he took it to Mr. Barris to raise the ceiling because John Wayne was tall. I bought a brand new Lincoln Continental and sent it to him. It's got an F on the sides, F on the wheels, and a box on the back. It was the coolest car in Beverly Hills. I'm still trying to find that car and buy it back. Some collector bought it and I can't find it. I sold it back in 1978 when I became a preacher.''

George is standing in the background, in a robe, on the day of delivery.

1975

Funeral of Haywood Moore

In Houston, George and James Brown attend the funeral of Haywood Moore, George's mentor. Brown, a famous musician, was known as ''The Godfather of Soul.''

1976

George and Joe Frazier

''This was the contract signing for the rematch between me and Joe Frazier. By this time I was no longer the champion and Frazier had lost to Muhammad Ali. Between us is Jerry Perenchio, the fight promoter.''

1976

George and Father

George meets his biological father, Leroy Moorehead, for the very first time outside of a church in Marshall, Texas.

1976

George with Frankie McDonnell

George with Frankie McConnell, a photographer in Marshall, Texas. George allowed his championship belt to be displayed in McConnell's studio.

1978

George went to preach to the inmates at San Quentin prison.

1979

Assisting in a Baptism

''I'm assisting in a baptism in the San Jacinto river. Oh, was I cold!''

1979

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ

George is sitting on the porch of what would become the original building of ''The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.''

''I was sitting there explaining to some reporters what I'm doing with my life since retiring from boxing.''

George's last fight was a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977. He became an ordained minister in 1978 and opened The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1980.

1980

George Preaching

''I was branching out on my own and preaching alone for the first time, no one backing me up. Back then, before the church was formed, I was preaching in private homes.''

1980

George is in Cameroon giving a boxing clinic.

1984

George giving a lesson to a young boxer in Cameroon.

1984

George overlooking a body of water in Cameroon

1984

Visiting Boys Town in Nebraska

Father Hupp presents George with a token of appreciation after George visited Boys Town in Nebraska. ''The trophy read: 'He ain't heavy, Father . . . he's m' brother'' which is the motto for Boys Town.

1984

Houston Boxing Association's Hall of Fame

George was enshrined into the Houston Boxing Association's Hall of Fame at The Summit in 1984. Muhammad Ali presented George with a trophy and a plaque as part of the ceremony. This induction occurred exactly 10 years after Ali defeated George in the ''Rumble in the Jungle.'' The Houston Boxing Association was formed by Josephine Abercrombie.

1984

The Second Comeback

''This was the weigh-in before the second boxing match of my comeback. I'd finally gotten my weight down the way I wanted to. I was well below 250 pounds. I was fighting in Oakland, California, and my opponent, Charles Hostetter, is in the background.''

1987

George with his brother Roy

George with his brother Roy just prior to a fight in Oakland, California. The camouflage jacket was a gift from George's visit to Fort Benning Army base. ''I loved that jacket. I wore it everywhere.''

1987

George sitting with his trainer Archie Moore (right) and his attorney Robert Lord.

1987

George at a Reindeer Farm

George was in Alaska preparing for the seventh fight of his comeback against Frank Lux. He's visiting a reindeer farm.

1988

George Against Holyfield

In preparation for the title fight against Evander Holyfield. The photo was taken in Atlantic City. Front row (L-R): George Foreman, Mort Sharnik, Roy Foreman, Jon Saraceno, Charlie Shipes Back row: Ron Weathers, Norman Henry, Bob Cook, Willie Carpenter

1991

George weigh-in

The weigh-in before George's title fight with Evander Holyfield. George is wearing the same trunks he wore in his 1974 loss to Muhammad Ali. George also wore these same trunks when he defeated Michael Moorer in 1994 to win the heavyweight championship for the second time.

1991