An old story, now told with moving pictures!
Regular "Cold Filtered Ramblings" readers no doubt have seen this picture...
...yep. That's 23 year old WSPT/Stevens Point cub reporter Gene Mueller trotting alongside legendary Packers placekicker Chester Marcol just after #13 scored his one and only NFL touchdown, taking a blocked field goal in for an overtime score that helped Green Bay beat Chicago 13-10 in September of 1980. The photo comes via Doug Woijik who was a Stevens Point Daily Journal photographer at the time--he'd just happened to catch me and Chet at that moment and sent me a black and white copy a few days after the game. I'd lost it over time, only to rediscover it about a year ago--just in time to have Marcol sign it. I'm going to have it framed for the man cave, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
The game went down in Packers/Bears legend--no mean feat considering how many times they've played. To be there was one thing. To be caught in the moment on film? Extra special.
To have it on videotape? Wow.
Thanks to a Facebook bud with an eagle's eye on the web, here are the final moments of the game, complete with a cameo by yours truly about two minutes 13 seconds in.
The voice of announcer Lindsay Nelson adds an air of dignity to the proceedings. My bad hair, huge glasses and geeky microphone didn't.
The season-opening win would amount to 20% of the team's victories that season. The Pack would go 5-10-1. The Bears would exact revenge three months later, pummeling Bart Starr's charges 61-1 on December 7, 1980.
Me? I didn't know it at the time, but I had only four more months left in my Stevens Point stay. I'd come to WQFM in January of '81, and move to WKTI a year and a half later.
The hair and glasses, unfortunately, came along too.