Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – Synchronized Swimming & Ester Williams

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Donna de Varona and Ester Williams bring the 3rd and final phase of the finals in the synchronized swimming competition at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….as the viewer gets a look at highlights of Ester Williams movie “The Million Dollar Mermaid”….in which the glamorous actress of the “water ballet” gives us a…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley

DOG ASIDE: Thomas J. “Tom” Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles….serving from 1973 to 1993….as he was the only African-American mayor of that city….and his 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city’s history. His 1973 election made him the second…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – Photography At The Olympics

DOG ASIDE: If it were not for the sports photographers….sports fans all over the world would have a big void in their mental portfolio of great moments in sports….and this ABC profile of photography at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games….provides the viewer with a very good understanding of how the Olympics athletes deal with…

Olympics 1984 Los Angeles ABC Profile – Sailing With Superman

DOG ASIDE: How often does anyone get to sail with Superman….but that is exactly what ABC’s Kathleen Sullivan got to do….as evidenced by this video by this video….and even though the video sounds like it had been recorded under water….it really gives a good view of sailing with actor Christopher Reeves…..the man who was known…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – The Missions Of California

DOG ASIDE: The Spanish missions in California comprise a series of 21 religious outposts….which were established by Catholic priests of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833….in order to expand Christianity among the Native Americans northwards into what is today the U.S. state of California. The missions were part of a major effort by the Spanish…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Volleyball – Mens Finals – USA VS Brazil & In Studio Player Interview

DOG ASIDE: This video starts off with a news report by ABC’s Kathleen Sullivan regarding a helicopter crash on the freeway near the Los Angeles Coliseum….just before the 1984 Olympics Closing Ceremony was to begin….then switches to ABC’s Frank Gifford….who brings the viewer highlights of the final game of the gold medal men’s volleyball match…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – 1972 Munich Marathon Gold Medalist Frank Shorter

DOG ASIDE: Frank Charles Shorter (born October 31, 1947) is an American former long-distance runner who won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Munich Olympics….followed by the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  His Olympic successes, along with the achievements of other American runners, are credited with igniting the running boom…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – Weightlifting – The Shortest Sport In Time On Field

DOG ASIDE: When a sport is considered by how long it takes to compete in order to win a competition….the sport that turns out to have less time on the field, court, mat, stage….whatever….is weightlifting…for this is a sport that is measured in very few actual minutes (less than three) that the athletes are actually…

Olympics 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – Billy Mills – 1968 Mens 10K Gold Medalist

DOG ASIDE: William Mervin “Billy” Mills, also known as Makata Taka Hela (born June 30, 1938)…is the second Native American (after Jim Thorpe) to win an Olympic gold medal….as he accomplished this feat in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics….becoming the only person from the Western hemisphere to win the…