A Quick Dempsey Story
One version of the story goes . . .(there are several floating about)
Back in the late seventies, in New York City, the taxi cabs did not yet have auto-locks on them, and it was a common sting for gang-bangers to spot a taxi caught in traffic and jump the passage in the back seat – they would swing open both back doors and jump the passenger from both sides – one would grab the passenger while the other would rip at his clothes until he found the wallet, and then they would make their escape.
One day a couple of thugs saw such an opportunity, and old man just sitting waiting to be robbed – they jumped the car – but the old man turned out to be a seventy-something year old Jack Dempsey.
When the first kid reached for him, Dempsey nailed him with a right hand, knocking the kid on his butt, and then Dempsey turned and nailed the other kid with his left. Dempsey jumped form the car, grabbed the one kid by the collar and threw him up onto the hood of the taxi and held him there until the police arrived.
It must have been a funny scene in the lock-up that night when that gang banger had to explain to his compatriots that he got his butt kicked by a seventy-something year old man.