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With a career spanning 37 years in television broadcasting including 29 years at the ABC Television Network, Dan Rapak gives us a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes to broadcast major events. The stories range from televising The Super Bowl and The Olympics to the accident at Three Mile Island. Learn about the extraordinary efforts to get The 1989 World Series back on the air after the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck San Francisco. Find out what it took to bring home those unforgettable images of Captain John Testrake sitting in his cockpit being interviewed by ABC News while a terrorist waved a pistol behind the Captains head following the hijacking of TWA Flight 847. Here is a rare look at what happened behind the cameras and microphones to bring those events and others into our homes. Read about the obstacles that had to be overcome, the hard work, the triumphs and the sometimes zany antics of the professionals who worked to put those broadcasts on the air and bring those stories and images to America and to the world.
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The New York Marathon
TWA Flight 847
The XV Winter Olympic Games and The Birth of Phase 2
Political News Coverage and a Railroad Crossing Gate
The Indianapolis 500
The 1989 World Series
Early Days at ABC
The End of The Road
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