Bernard Hopkins, the man who defies Father Time and seemingly refuses to age, was born on January 15, 1965. As he approaches his next fight this Saturday night, where he looks to unify his IBF light heavyweight title with Beibut Shumenov's WBA belt, let's take a look at some FUNFACTS! to showcase just how technically old Hopkins is, no matter what his body tells him or us.
On the day B-Hop was born...
- The No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 was "I Feel Fine" by The Beatles. The day after his birth, "Come See About Me" by The Supremes took over for a week before giving way to Petula Clark's "Downtown."
- The Who released "I Can't Explain" in the United Kingdom.
- The top grossing film in the United States for 1965 was The Sound of Music, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
- TV premieres: World of Sport in the UK, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, The Wild Wild West, Hogan's Heroes, Days of Our Lives, Green Acres, Lost in Space, The Dean Martin Show, and the immortal My Mother the Car, among others.
- CBS first aired A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 9.
- A few notable athletes born in 1965, with the year of their retirement in parentheses: the NBA's Reggie Miller (2005), Scottie Pippen (2008), David Robinson (2003), and Horace Grant (2004); MLB's Craig Biggio (2007) and Steve Finley (2007); the NFL's Rich Gannon (2004); and the NHL's Steve Yzerman (2006), Mario Lemieux (2006).
A few advertisements from 1965...
Who wouldn't want Pizza Flavor Catsup to add that Italian accent? I mean, that is just delicious. Pizza-flavored catsup on my hamburger? On my hot dog? On my fries? Sure. Absolutely. Why wouldn't I?
Coconut-shell charcoal in your filtered cigarette. Obviously a terrific idea. That great filtered taste.
Pepsi began pushing themselves as the hip, young cola, an alternative to that stodgy old Coca-Cola that your parents refreshed themselves with, all of it with zero health risk. Good for babies!
Coppertone hasn't changed much. Legit.
As for Beibut Shumenov, he was born on August 19, 1983, a mere pup compared to even me. By the time Shumenov was born, I was an experienced world traveler of one year and five months. And Hopkins was 18 years old, a legal adult.
That old world keeps right on a-changin'. Bernard Hopkins, not so much.