Dennis Lewin talked about a few things that really stood out to me. His humanity, emphasis on storytelling and the vast variety of jobs that he worked.
Mr. Lewin came into the room as humble he could be. Open to every single possible question and comment. Nothing was off the table with him.
He gave us great insight into worlds we had never been too. He covered historical events in the United States and the world. He helped transcend sports into mainstream media. He talked about the value of getting your foot in the door. Take opportunities when they come.
Nothing but professional, humble, honest and open. From what happened in Munich during the 1972 Summer Olympics, to working alongside Jim McKay at ABC, and the stories of late great Muhammad Ali. These are just a few of impactful and emotional events that he had to cover.
I remember asking him at the end of the talk about the atmosphere in the production room when Jim McKay said those three famous words. The impact of his answer will stick with me for years to come. It was professional. We had a show to do. That was our job.
I loved listening to the stories he told. I could have listened to him for hours on end.
However, one of the biggest parts of the talk that stood out to me was the Wide World of Sports on ABC. Professional wrestling was part of that show. I used to listen to a podcast regularly hosted by pro wrestler interviewing another pro wrestler. The majority of the interviewees always talked about the Wide World of Sports with such enthusiasm. The pro wrestling on the show was the only way most of them got to see different types of pro wrestling.
To meet the man that put together that entire show, was spectacular to me. I felt like a five-year-old kid in a toy store.
Published by Random Writer on September 24, 2016, at 11:43pm