Back in 1988, I had just turned 22 when I landed a dream job as a “runner” at the 1988 Olympics for NBC. I was flown to Seoul, Korea, as one of the chosen few who had the ability and wherewithal to adequately fetch coffee for thirsty or sleepy anchors, who could also tug and untangle dizzying and often unruly cables, keep sodas appropriately frigid, and all the while ensure “anchor positions” were looking fresh and clean. I lived with five other compadres in “dormitory style” housing and loved every minute of it. While those duties made for exciting and long days, maybe the biggest thrill was meeting the top sports and news anchors and producers in the business. Some were total jerks (yes I’ll share… one of these days), but not these guys.
As I was cleaning out my office this week I stumbled upon this oldie but goodie of a photo. I clearly recall the thrill of wrangling these two stars to come take this photo, moments after I proudly broke out my brand-new NBC Olympics hat. But what made me really want to publish this is that even now, almost 25 years later, Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel are still two of the people I admire most in the business.
So, Tom and Bryant, thanks for taking the pic with that “runner” — you continue to serve as terrific role models for the rest of us.
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