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Merle Parsley Tells His Version of ‘66 Rankin Fight

re: HBO has just received this fax from Merle Parsley of Boise, a former Demo legislator who was the late Ron Rankin's foe in a parking lot fight at the 1966 state Demo convention at the old North Shore resort.

"...Ingram ran like a gut-shot coyote. Rankin tried to run but he was too fat. Rankin was about 300 lbs. and six feet in height. I was about 150 lbs. and five foot, six inches inheight. I got ahold of Rankin, but he easily threw me to the ground. I got up quickly and started to circle him. I feigned that I was going to put a left hook into the right side ofhis gut. He doubled over trying to protect himself as I thought he would. I then leveled the most beautiful straight right hand on his nose and the nose exploded like a smashed tomato. His knees buckles and he turned to run as the blood spurted from his face. As he tried to run, he said, 'You broke my nose and I'm going to sue you!'"

Full fax message here

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.