|John Carlos now|
|John Carlos (right) then|
I certainly, at the time, didn't understand why they did that, or why Kareem changed his name from Lew Alcindor, which outraged and offended my friend and fellow sports fanatic Steve Cook and I. We said we'd call him Lew Alcindor forever and kept repeating, "His name is Lew Alcindor!" Lew Alcindor was a pretty cool name, after all.
Neither did I understand my older brother, Bob, applying for conscientious objector status to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War. I was a kid. No offense to kids.