Question: What delivery company aired ads featuring a fast-talking executive named Mr. Spleen?
Last Question: What sports announcer was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his coverage that began: “I’ll tell you what, we’re having an earth—-“?
Answer: Al Michaels
On October 17, 1989 Al Michaels was in San Francisco, California, preparing to cover the third game of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and fellow Bay Area team, the Oakland A’s. ABC’s network telecast began with a recap of the first two games, both won by Oakland. Then Michaels handed off to his broadcast partner, Tim McCarver, who started assessing the Giants’ chances for victory in the game. as he was doing this, the Earthquake struck (at 5:04 local time). This is what happened:
Here is the broadcast leading up to that moment:
When ABC restored audio via telephone 15 minutes later, Michaels quipped, “Well folks, that’s the greatest open in the history of television, bar none!”. Michaels then reported from the ABC Sports production truck outside Candlestick Park on the earthquake, for which he later was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting. Michaels relayed his reports to Ted Koppel, who was stationed at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C.
Fairly new readers may not know that I was living in the area at the time, and surivived the Quake. You can read my story, that I posted last year, over here.Follow @returntothe80s