So, in the New York Times obituary for the late fighter Joe Frazier, I learned a few things. The obituary was far too focused on Muhammad Ali. In 1971, he “became the first black man since Reconstruction to address the South Carolina Legislature”. And at the March 8, 1971, match between him and Ali, entertainer Frank Sinatra was tasked by LIFE magazine to photograph the fight.
In looking to see if I could find the photos in the LIFE archive at Google Books, I found something even better. A former LIFE photographer castigating his former employer for running Sinatra’s photographs. Here’s a snapshot of that letter (please be sure to visit the whole letters page, as it makes for a great time capsule and fun read).