Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig Behind The Scenes Inside International Broadcast Booths

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing….which is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport….which comprises three of the most prestigious motor sports events in the world….including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management….but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000….and infield…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Special Feature – Jim McKay Interview With World Champ USA Debi Thomas

DOG ASIDE: Debra Janine Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World women’s champion….which she had just won when this Jim McKay interview took place seen in this video herewith….the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist…..and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special Feature – Driver Tom Sneva Hits The Wall And Ends His Day

DOG ASIDE: Thomas E. “Tom” Sneva (born June 1, 1948) is a retired American race car driver….who won the  Indianapolis 500 in 1983. Sneva was a former math teacher….who primarily raced in Indy cars….and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.  Sneva’s win at Indianapolis followed several runner-up finishes and notable crashes….which got him the nickname “The Gas Man,”….for he…

Special – 1961 To 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Sums Up The 1st 25 Years Of Wide World Of Sports

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….while being seen primarily on Saturday afternoons….and hosted by Jim McKay….as seen in this video herewith….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987….as the title continued to be used for general sports…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Mens Gymnastics Rings Finals – Winners JPN Koji Gushiken + CHN Li Ning

DOG ASIDE: As seen in this video herewith….Japan’s Koji Gushiken and China’s Li Ning tied for the gold medal in men’s gymnastics rings competition….while USA’s Mitch Gaylord won the bronze medal….as indicated in this video brought to the viewing audience by ABC’s Jack Whitaker. Kōji Gushiken (born November 12, 1956) is a former Olympic gymnast for Japan at the 1984…

Speed Boat Racing – 1987 – Holset Miss Madison Spokesperson Bob Hughes On Boats Exit At Emerald Cup

DOG ASIDE: Miss Madison is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane….which is the only community-owned unlimited hydroplane in the world.  It is based out of Madison, Indiana, a small town of 12,000 residents on the Ohio River….which annually hosts the Madison Regatta. The story of the boat and city are the subject of the 2005 film “Madison”…..as the team was started in 1960 when…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – Rowing + Canoeing Highlights Put To Classical Music

DOG ASIDE: Rowing at the Summer Olympics has been part of the competition since its debut in the 1900 Summer Olympics….as rowing was on the program at the 1896 Summer Olympics….but was cancelled due to bad weather. Only men were allowed to compete until the women’s events were introduced at the 1976 Montreal Olympics….which gave national federations the incentive to support…

Auto Racing – 1987 – ABCs Jerry Gappens In Race Interview With Driver Roberto Guerrero Wife Katie

DOG ASIDE: In 1987 Cotter sold the racing team that Roberto Guerrero drove for to Vince Granatelli (son of former Indy car owner Andy Granatelli)….to form Vince Granatelli Racing with Guerrero driving the #4 True Value/ STP March 87C-Cosworth DFX.  Guerrero scored his first Indy car win at the Checker 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. In the race Guerrero originally qualified 3rd….but the car was declared illegal…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Special – ABCs Frank Gifford Reports On The Effect Of Smog At The Games

DOG ASIDE: Smog is a type of severe air pollution….with the word “smog” being coined in the early 20th century as a blending of the words smoke and fog to refer to smoky fog, its opacity, and odor. The word was then intended to refer to what was sometimes known as pea soup fog….which is a familiar and serious problem in London from the 19th century…