Saturday, July 20, 2002

I just read Tony's accounting of the Travers. When I worked on it for several years, it was just a round trip on a bus with Lou Scanna as the" tour director."
Due to contractual commitments, we would cover the Travers in the same mobile unit that covered all of the other races. It was truly a "white glove" remote, a one-of-a-kind! Among the most memorable remotes for me was the bi-centennial in Boston, July 4,1976, with Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops at the hatch shell. We were on the air less than 20 minutes, but it was the most physical work to set up. A cable harness had to be run along light poles for blocks, and then "flown" to the roof of a very tall building at the anchor position. I spoke with a police officer who told me at 1P.M. they already had a typical 8 P.M. crowd. It turned out that the crowd was in the hundred thousands. Announcements blared over a loud speaker system announcing the waiting times for rest rooms. We were more fortunate, in that we had a rest room below the stage. At one point, while I was using the facilities, I sensed a person next to me----it was the maestro himself. We exchanged greetings. When I returned to the switcher in the MU, I was asked where I went. I remarked that I was" hanging out" with the maestro!
I will save the Elvis Presley shows in Omaha and Rapid City (his last before his death) for another time…a lot to tell! Hope no one is offended by the rest room story---it happened.

Bob Vernum