History & Instant Replays


 

Instant Replays.  The Clintons.  The Bushes.  Politics.  Television’s affect on us.  Egos.  Identities. 

 

Tony Verna is the man who wanted to fill the time during team huddles in football. Verna invented instant replay on Dec. 7, 1963, directing the telecast of the Army-Navy game at Municipal Stadium.  According to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News today by Stan Hochman, replays had been used during halftime shows but not instantly, because the equipment wasn’t smart enough. That Army-Navy game, Verna had the courage to try it when “Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh bootlegged, went off tackle from the 1 yard line and scored. Verna gave announcer Lindsey Nelson the word, and then came the replay. ‘This is not live,’ Nelson screeched. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again.’ 

 

“‘Roone Arledge,’ Verna said, ‘He had to do everything. Had to shoot the biggest water buffalo. But he couldn’t have invented instant replay, because he was never in the truck, he never directed, he never punched the buttons.'”  According to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News, “Verna invented instant replay, won a fistful of Emmys, got very rich on instant-replay royalties, retired?  NO, NO, NO. ‘All it made me was some enemies,’ Verna said from his home in Woodland Hills, California.”  Not even, as an employee at CBS, an Emmy.  He has trouble hiding the bitterness that he felt toward those who have claimed they invented instant replay.  

 

In October 1979, I met Steve K.  We worked at the same company and he was attending the same 5 or 10 day school that I was for more training.  On January 2, 1985, I succeeded Steve K in the office he ran.  He was not fired but would have been if he did not quit.  Everyone has their own style of business.  In Steve K.’s case, he just had not been working very hard and it took quite a bit to clean up his mess.  Successor’s had a less kind view of history than anyone else. 

 

Bill Clinton is mad at the Democrat nominee for trashing his presidency in his campaign against Hillary.  When Lyndon Johnson became president, he was quoted as saying the biggest thing he learned was how reliant he was on the policies of his predecessors. 

 

Instant replays put some of history in a new light.  Because studies show the same people witnessing the same event remember differently. 

 In other news, neither the name of a Bush nor a Clinton will be put in nomination for president this year.  Finally, America had overcome instant replay and the warning of Lindsey Nelson.  ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again.’  

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