Green Box #8 :: 12/21/2018

It’s Friday Dec. 21 and the Green Box out! This week we are featuring the Italian designer, Roberto Coin. Roberto Coin features a timeless and sophisticated look with each piece fashioning a hidden small ruby that rests against the skin.  This tradition comes from an ancient Egyptian legend that the ruby, if held against the skin, promotes long life, health and happiness.  This is our final box this year and our top prize!  We will release a clue everyday until the box is found, but if you stop by the store and try on a piece of Roberto Coin, you’ll get a clue a day in advance.

The piece of the week the box finder will receive is a Roberto Coin 18k white gold and diamond cuff. The piece retails for $3000.

Location clue: It’s in a place that is accessible 24hrs a day.
***This box has been found!***

#1 Clue, Friday Dec. 21th :: Never to be met by surprise.
In a Battle Royal, Beau Jack’s strategy to winning was to keep his back in the corner. This was according the history of Beau Jack and the Augusta National. You can read more about that here.

#2 Clue, Saturday Dec. 22nd :: It typically was 4, 2 & 1.
The orgins of the Batte Royal included blindfolding young African American men, having them enter a ring or roped area and with padded fists. Though the prizes varied for lasting the longest, the typical winner was to receive $4.00 the second place man $2.00 and the third $1.00.” and Jack said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel “All I got in my first fight,” he recalls, “was $4. Oh, $4.50. Some man gave me a 50-cent piece.” You can read more about the history of the Battle Royal here.

#3 Clue, Sunday Dec. 23rd :: Seen only by a giant.
Bobby jones is consider a giant in the game of golf. The steward at Augusta National gave Jack a job shining shoes at the club, where many of the golfers treated him as if he were invisible. “Only Mr. Bobby Jones had time for me,” Jack told boxing writer Harry Zambelli. Jones, one of the club’s founders, called the young man aside one day. “Beau, I spoke to the members,” he said, “and 50 of them will give you 50 dollars apiece to begin your boxing life.”

#4 Clue, Monday Dec. 24th :: There’s no better advice than that from an elder.
Accodring to the book “The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia” his grandmother is credited with the reason he began to fight. As a child, Sidney once had his money and shoe polish taken by another boy. His Grandmother actually spanked him for not fighting back. The next week the boy came back and Sidney “knocked him out a little bit” In his Grandmother’s joyous eyes, the child had been reborn and she gave him the name Beau Jack.

#5 Clue, Tuesday Dec. 25th :: 21 is a number remembered to this day.
Beau Jack had 21 main event fights at Madison Square Garden (a record that still stands) and was considered “The greatest lightweight ever” by Cus D’Amato, famous boxing trainer and manager. Jack was inducted into the The Ring Magazine Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1986, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. The Associated Press named Jack the ninth best lightweight of the 20th century in 1999. In the September 2001 issue of The Ring Magazine, Jack was named the 10th greatest lightweight of all-time.

#6 Clue, Wednesday Dec. 26th :: The path to which icons crossed.
The path was shoe shining, Beau Jack had shoe shining stand on 9th and broad, he also shined shoes at the Augusta National for Bobby Jones who help to fund his career in Boxing. It’s also said in the book “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” that James Brown (who was very fond of Jack Beau) inherited the shoe shine stand on 9th Broad. (The area where the box was located it was in the median)

#7 Clue, Thursday Dec. 27th :: Seen the valleys and the mountaintops.
Though he returned to shining shoes at the end of his career, he said “Don’t be having no pity for me,” he once said. “I’ve been to the top of the mountain. I was champion of the world. I’ve worked hard all my life, and I’m happy doing what I’m doing. It’s an honest job and a good living — and I met a lot of nice people.”

#8 Clue, Friday Dec. 28th :: Finding success without sight.
This clue reiterates the successes that Beau Jack had in the Battle Royals in Augusta as a youngester, he was in fact blindfolded.

#9 Clue, Saturday Dec. 29th :: An agent of beauty, pain and deliciousness.
He shined shoes, was an incredible boxer, moved back to Augusta and opened drive-in BBQ restaurant in Augusta Georgia before returning to shoe shining.