Last week we had the honor of meeting Dr. Stephen Hawking, author of “A Brief History of TIme” and the human considered to be the leading theoretical physicist of our time. Confined to a wheelchair, his body has long been rendered nearly useless by illness, and he needs a computer to “speak”, yet his mind works on a level few others can even comprehend. But Dr. Hawking is a parent as well, so when Diane (Sawyer, ABC News) asked him what advice he gave his children, his answer? ”When you find love, hold on to it, and don’t throw it away.” Says it all, doesn’t it? And his daughter Lucy told us of her dad careening around Cambridge University in one of the first motorized wheelchairs at the time, giving her and her brother thrilling rides around the campus, scaring people out the way. All in all, a great interview, to air on the Monday, 5/7 broadcast of “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Check it out atwww.abcnews.go.com/wn.
From the world of high thought and theoretical physics we veered to the world of brute strength and physics in very real action when HBO Boxing needed ENG coverage of the Junior Middleweight Championship in Yankee Stadium. The day actually started at a Bar Mitzvah in Scarsdale, NY, and not just because the defending champion Yuri Foreman is an Orthodox Jew living in Brooklyn and studying to become a Rabbi! No, this Bar Mitzvah was actually originally booked to take place in Yankee Stadium, but a scheduling conflict (ya think?) forced it to move. Luckily it all worked out, and this backstory became part of HBO’s presentation of the bout. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for Foreman, and from his ringside perch DP Eli Gamson dodged sweat and blood to witness Miguel Cotto take advantage of Foreman’s aggravated knee injury to win a TKO in the ninth round.
And I didn’t even mention the chaos that ensued when, in the middle of the action, a towel was thrown into the ring in the seventh round! Coaches, trainers, and media climbed into the ring, only to be directed back out by the ref, who declared that the fight was not over! Finally, well after midnight, sixteen hours after our day had begun, HBO praised all who had made the night a success, and Yankee Stadium disappeared in our rearview mirrors.