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  • Bruiser #4

    Bruiser #4

    00:00 The final video in a series of b-roll and interview footage taken of Dick The Bruiser for “Once A Star.” 01:08 Dick the Bruiser says they called people turkey-necks who had narrow necks. He talks about his special hold. 02:35 He discusses the difference between the Bruiser persona and Dick Afflis. He responds sarcastically to Tom Weinberg’s question about the difference. He says he’s polite to people who don’t irritate him, but if people get on his nerves, “then … Continue reading

  • Once A Star #2

    Once A Star #2

    The second of two hour-long programs profiling former professional athletes. The show focuses on these athletes’ lives after retiring from sports, with archival footage sprinkled throughout. We get an in-depth look at these personalities, while also indirectly getting a sense of the difference between professional sports of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s versus today: virtually all of the athletes work for a living. This program includes segments on Former Chicago Bears Doug Atkins and Bill Wade;  pioneer female jockey Robyn Smith; hockey’s Dennis and Bobby Hull; pool hustler and oddball raconteur Minnesota Fats; baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn; and former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #9]

    [Once a Star raw : Floyd Patterson #9]

    This tape features raw footage of an interview with boxing legend Floyd Patterson (1935-2006) for the television series “Once A Star,” in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Patterson is asked about some of his more famous fights with Ingemar Johansson and Cassius Clay a.k.a. Muhammad Ali, his love for the sport, and his eventual retirement. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #1 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #1 Dallas]

    This tape features footage from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All Star Weekend. Shot for the TV special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #18 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #18 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the 1986 NBA Legends basketball game during the All-Star weekend. This tape is b-roll of the NBA legends game, and cuts frequently. Notable moments are below: Continue reading

  • Blanda #1

    Blanda #1

    00:00 Bars. 01:05 This is the first part of an interview with former NFL player George Blanda. He played for the Chicago Bears, the Houston Oilers, and the Oakland Raiders over a career spanning 26 years. He played placekicker and quarterback and occasionally defense. 02:01 Blanda talks about his friendship with Al Davis, owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders. The videomaker mentions that many people don’t like Al Davis. Blanda responds, “I think that when you’re successful, it … Continue reading

  • [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #5]

    [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #5]

    This tape is part of an interview with renowned Oakland A’s manager Charlie Finley. In the interview, Finley discusses the lighter side of his career, from incentivizing his players to grow mustaches, to the difference between a mule and a donkey (Charlie-O, a mule, was the A’s mascot for a brief period of time) to his tumultuous relationship with former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. It was shot for the documentary Once A Star. Continue reading