Muhammad Ali Earns Hollywood Star

Wednesday, January 9th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Muhammad Ali is ``The Greatest,'' so when he told the mayor a single day in his honor wasn't enough, he got a millennium.

In honor of the boxer's 60th birthday and his achievements in and out of the ring, Jan. 17 will be ``Muhammad Ali Day'' in the city, Mayor James K. Hahn told the City Council on Tuesday.

``All I get is the day?'' Ali quipped after Hahn made his announcement.

``I can give you the whole century. I can give you the whole millennium _ the Ali Millennium,'' Hahn said as applause filled the hall.

Ali, recently portrayed in the movie ``Ali'' starring Will Smith, is getting more than a day from the city and county. On Friday, he'll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In a break with tradition, the star will be installed on the wall instead of the sidewalk at the Kodak Theatre entertainment complex.

Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, said he doesn't want his name to be walked on by people who ``don't have no respect for me.''