Muhammad Ali defined my assimilation as an American and growth as global citizen. He was so different that we might have expected him to go to the grave screaming of his greatness. However, we all saw a piece of ourselves in him, and his greatest character strength was that he saw in everyone he met a connection to the higher.
The celeb-filled event wasn't as wild as the Studio 54 parties Rodgers, 63, and his band Chic sang about on their 1978 disco song, "Le Freak," but the Grammy-winning music producer is proud that this year's gala to benefit the We Are Family Foundation brought Bono and Carter together for the first time.
October 9th is the anniversary of my younger sister Ann's death. She died suddenly, of an undetected heart condition in 2008. It hardy seems possible that she's been gone for seven years. When she made her transition she left a huge hole in my life. We spoke every day and spent as much time together as we could.