MY LETTER TO PRISCILLA PRESLEY

Dear Mrs. Presley, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Lynel Gardner and I represent the Sonny Liston family. I’m writing to you because I would like to express my gratitude for you and your board’s willingness to come together on behalf of the Sonny Liston and Mr. Ali photograph. As the Grandson of Geraldine and Sonny Liston, I have inherited not only their legacy but also the responsibility to fulfill their wishes and aspirations. It is thanks to Muhammad Ali Enterprises, that I was able to find Harlan Werner and Sports Placement Services.

My grandmother’s dying wish was to present the love of her life, Charles “Sonny” Liston in a positive light. My grandmother lived in abject poverty, unaware of the many people all over the world who were making money off of Sonny’s good name. It had gotten so bad for her, that she eventually had to do the unthinkable; and that was to sell Sonny’s championship belt which was the last of the Queensberry mold for a meager $10,000. A belt that at the time, had a market value of $70,000. It is thanks to people like Harlan Werner, that she was able to hold her head up high again.  And bring back dignity to the Liston name.

Before she died, she was helping to write the movie “NIGHT TRAIN”. A movie that would finally tell my grandfather’s story, from her perspective. I wish you could have seen the light in her eyes, knowing that she could finally be allowed to tell the truth, about Sonny’s life. She was hoping that the proceeds from the movie, would generate enough income so that her grandchildren would not have to suffer the same fate that had befallen her. And that was to live in poverty and be considered a lower class citizens.

Unfortunately, she died before her dream could be fulfilled. And for some reason or another, her name is no longer on the NIGHT TRAIN script. I feel it is my duty to fulfill my grandmother’s dying wish. And that is to insure that her grandchildren, will be able to become financially secure. And to make sure that my grandfather, is seen in a positive light.  And most importantly, to finally bring dignity back to the Liston name. I have taken on the responsibility to protect their memory, and have been doing that for the past six years.

I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about, seeing that you have chosen to sit on the board. Sonny Liston gave to the poor, helped wayward children, and supported Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. I would like to continue his legacy on behalf of the Liston name. I would like to start a not-for-profit organization for wayward children, and the poor. Make sure her grandchildren are financially secure, get his championship belt back, and tell Sonny’s story in a manner that would make my grandmother proud.

I trust that the offer that Mr. Werner presented to you is fair and just. He is well respected in the industry, and he continues to protect the Liston family with the same zeal that he protected my grandmother. I only ask that you reconsider his offer on behalf of the memory of Sonny and Geraldine Liston. And on behalf of the friendship, they both shared with Mr. Ali and the Ali family.
Sincerely,
Lynel Gardner

WE ARE THE BUSINESS/BOXING SIDE OF THE SONNY LISTON FAMILY. THE SIDE OF THE FAMILY THAT CALLED HIM “SONNY” We are here to set the record straight, about how Sonny Liston lived and died. And protect the name recognition, likeness, and image of Sonny Liston. And any use of the Sonny Liston Image, must be approved by “THE ESTATE OF SONNY LISTON”and SPORTS PLACEMENT SERVICES.

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Everyone loved Sonny. It wasn’t just children who loved him. He was not some “Noble Savage”. It was part of his character. Even when he spent time in prison. He was loved and respected by guards and prisoners alike. “Don’t believe the hype”. And for those who still ” believe the hype”. I will be shutting your pessimistic and cynical mouths soon.

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Sonny kept company with Kings and Queens. And since men of the cloth helped to guide him in his youth, when he was in prison. He always made sure that, men of the cloth were an integral part of his adult life, while out of prison.. Some people think that they know Sonny, “well now you know”.

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After watching the SHOWTIME special, “PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON”. You probably think that this photo is from Las Vegas Police officer Larry Gandy’s drug bust of Sonny Liston. No, nothing as exciting as that. Sonny is just doing what he always did. And that was to give food and clothing, to the poor and the needy. And yes, he gave to poor white folk. Love for others has no color. Sonny was well known for being extremely generous toward others.

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FACT CHECK #4 MARK RODNEY. “WHAT’S MY LINE?” Are you an actor? Stars in the SHOWTIME SPECIAL, “PARIAH: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF SONNY LISTON”. My Uncle, who was Sonny’s riding partner. And rode with Sonny, all over Las Vegas as a teenager. But they never drove to the Westside of Las Vegas. Because Sonny did not hang out with black thugs. I mean, Sonny wore a coat and top hat for christ’s sake. And was thinking about buying a plane, and a speedboat. And my uncle even got pulled over driving, Geraldine Liston’s pink Cadillac. He wants to know, why you keep telling the world, that you rode in his passenger seat? In other words, what my uncle is trying to tell you is that; even if you were to dream, that you were about to get into Sonny’s car. In that dream, my Uncle would turn to you and say, “HE’S GOT SHOTGUN, YOUR RIDING BITCH!”

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