Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Glance the Night Away

You Should Be Dancin...
Not so very often Man and Moment collide, leaving such an indelible impression he ends up defining a generation. That or he just really embarrasses his future kids. I should know. All of which is why I had to breathe into a paper bag for a few minutes the first time I took in the sartorial head-spin that is/was Ed Springer...

Note how the feathered hair and the butterfly collar frames the Burt Reynolds' mustache just so. Throw in a jaunty pose and some serious waist piping on that sweater vest and you have a lothario under glass. And what glass! Why, just the pistol-grip on that antiquated mini-cam should have its own display case at the Newseum! But please, don't think I'm making fun of the man. Back when Springer was styling and profiling, I was hunched over a multiplication table wondering how I was gonna make a living without math. Had a cameraman with such panache wandered into my fourth grade class, I would have followed him around until someone filed a restraining order.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm suddenly in the mood for some BeeGees. Can't remember the last time that happened...

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Hm...no deck and no battery belt...

I'll have to send my newsroom minion on an expedition...think that camera or its twin (XL bought 2 of them in '79) is still at the station in the front lobby display case.

Miami Fan said...

LOL I was thinking the very same thing Amanda! The required battery belt would have really cut into his stylish image!

Plus the obligatory "lost" lens hood so common on the TK-76. Those things never seemed to stay on or survive over long periods of time.

I must add, I remember the first station I worked at in the late 70's had a VERY strict dress code. Looking stylish wasn't a personal choice. It was a mandate! In fact one news director went so far as to buy all the photogs those silly safari jackets one could see on the then popular tv show Doctari. Well...maybe it wasn't THAT popular. ;)