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I was eight years-old when President Kennedy was assassinated. As the 50th anniversary approached, I recalled how the NFL played its games that Sunday, 48 hours after the assassination. I wanted to know what it was like to be an NFL player that weekend. I began speaking with Dallas Cowboys from the 1963 team, who vividly recalled their own harrowing experience. Their stories became the basis for the documentary No Day for Games:
The Cowboys and JFK. I was co-producer and writer for this Bob Costas Special which aired on NBC Sports during the week revisiting the assassination a half-century ago. In an email to me, Bob wrote:
I am very pleased with the way the JFK/Cowboys documentary turned out. You and Dan did a magnificent job, and I consider myself fortunate to have been a small part of a very worthy project. There have been, and in the next few days will be, any number of Kennedy documentaries and retrospectives. Many of them have been very good. Still, what we can be proud of is that we found a legitimate way into the story from an entirely different perspective.
As you originally perceived, this was never a reach, it was a natural. A good, interesting, and largely unknown story extremely well told. What more can we, or the viewers ask for.
Thanks for all your fine work.
Best, Bob Costas
From an early age I've
liked finding out about
the world and telling
stories about the people
who make it interesting.
In 11th grade I hosted a news program on my high school radio station. The first person I interviewed was New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.
I received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a M.S. in Journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
As a television journalist I told stories about fascinating people. There was Joseph Helmich, a Soviet spy whom I interviewed the day before he was sentenced to life in prison. There was Steven Fossum, wrongfully imprisoned in Texas, who was pardoned for innocence by the governor because of my reporting. And there was Colleen Applegate, a teen-ager from Minnesota, who took a wrong turn for California and a life in x-rated films. I told her story in a documentary on PBS Frontline. My work earned me DuPont-Columbia, Emmy and Peabody Awards.
In the early 90's I started my own company and found non-profits a receptive audience for my way of producing videos. The idea was not complicated. Inside a college, a hospital or an orchestra are interesting people doing intriguing things. It's a simple proposition which has moved viewers of my work, whether they're a 17 year-old deciding on a college or a 50 year-old considering a contribution to her alma mater.
"The common thread is always stories."
Since 1990, my company,
Andrew Greenspan & Associates has been producing campaign and admissions videos for a wide range of non-profits, including prep schools, colleges, graduate schools, hospitals and arts institutions. Along the way,
my work has been honored with
19 CASE Awards.
If there's one unifying thread, it's story, the idea that within any place, large or small, there are people whose interests and passions exemplify what makes it distinctive. Time and time again, those stories are what move viewers.
Like television, video is an intensely personal, story-driven medium. In fact, I got my start as a journalist, first as a reporter, later as a documentary producer. I bring that same sensibility about story to my work today, whether I am filming on a college campus or in a children's cancer center.
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