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On 30th June 1966 in Cumberland Hospital New York City something legendary happened Michael Gerard Tyson was born Lorna Kirkpatrick was the mother however not a great deal is known of this lady She was born Lorna Smith in 1930 probably in the South As did many other blacks after WWII Lorna moved North to search for a better life Her destination - Brooklyn New York City Somewhere along the way probably in Brooklyn Lorna met and married a man called Percel Tyson of whom nothing is known They later divorced and Lorna never did remarry despite falling in love with Jimmy Kirkpatrick She took Kirkpatricks name Jimmy was a heavyset boisterous man and father to some 16 children This number would change-he fathered 3 children with Lorna Rodney in 1961 Denise in 1964 and 2 years later came Mike Kirkpatrick had already moved out by the time Mike was born thus keeping his mothers marriage name A name that would later gain household recognition the world overTYSON Now a poverty-stricken single parent Lorna moved into even deeper despair That move was to Brownsville In the heart of Brooklyn it made their previous Brooklyn address of Bedford-Stuyvesent seem like Bel Air It would be here 178 Amboy Street Apartment 2A in the most destitute section of one of Americas roughest cities that Michael Gererd Tyson would be moulded Mike was a huge tough ladWith a high lisping voice This contrast was the key to many beatings in Brownsville - People would ridicule him-hed promptly knock them out Mike was lonely in his fatherless ghetto upbringing This maybe why he kept pigeons this maybe why he got into trouble this maybe why he fought on the street On one such street fight occassion when Mike was 9 a 15 year old boy stole one of his beloved pigeons Bad mistake Mike
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