The Georgetowner, Muhammad Ali, and Govinda

by Chris Murray on October 15, 2014

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Muhammad Ali at Govinda Gallery performing a magic trick for the Govinda Girls and gallery director Chris Murray, as photographer Howard Bingham signs a copy of his book Muhammad Ali: A Thirty Year Journey, September 21, 1995. Copyright © Chester Simpson. All Rights Reserved.

Last weekend The Georgetowner newspaper celebrated its 60th anniversary. Publisher Sonya Bernhardt hosted a reception on the roof of Capella in Georgetown where guests enjoyed the rise of a spectacular Harvest Moon. The Georgetowner published a special 60th anniversary edition (Vol. 61 No. 1) and legendary editor-in-chief for 42 years, David Roffman, wrote a piece called “My Moments for 60 Years” describing his top moments in Georgetown. Govinda Gallery is honored to be among them as Roffman writes that one of his all-time highlights is “Meeting Muhammad Ali at Chris Murray’s Govinda Gallery”. Govinda hosted an exhibition of Howard Bingham’s photographs of Muhanmmad Ali to celebrate Govinda’s 20th anniversary. In 1995 Ali attended the opening and stayed for over three hours signing autographs and greeting everyone who came to say hello to him, generally causing unbelievable delight and love in the packed gallery and out on the street. Next year is Govinda Gallery’s 40th anniversary in the fine art and book business. Ali’s visit to Govinda Gallery will never be forgotten. Govinda salutes The Georgetowner!

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