Welcome back Sportscaster viewers! Today we enter the 6th week of this 12 week phenomenon, which means we are finally half way there to the completion of this journey! And boy has it gone fast! Especially since we are having lots of fun each week learning about new people and laughing at quirky jokes:)
Anyways, this week is all about Mr. Peter Anthony West. West was born on August 12, 1920 which is way before my time- a whole 80 years difference. He died on September 2, 2003 and throughout his lifetime he did commentary up to the point where he physically just couldn’t do it anymore.
West worked for BBC and did sports commentating on tennis, rugby, cricket, and occasionally did some hockey play-by-play. However, what makes him different from all the other commentators I have featured is that he served in the war, and the reason he stopped was because he got diagnosed with spondylitis. Spondylitis is inflammation in the spinal cord which for anyone that can be very painful!
Once his career took off broadcasting, he got to report on the Olympics, and he just didn’t do it for a year or two. Anthony’s skill set earned him an opportunity to report on the Olympics from 1948 to 1972! Wow, that’s amazing! However, after 40 years on the mic working for BBC he retired in 1986.
Just like last week West found a corporation that loved the work he had to present to an audience and he stuck with them throughout his career. I know I said it once, but I’ll say it again: finding somewhere to work and people to be around that appreciate you is vital to being successful in any given job. I can’t wait for next week, we have Mr. Jack Buck to feature.
I won’t see you guys until next week, so have a very Merry Christmas with your families and I hope you get all the presents you were wanting!! Also, don’t forget to eat a plate for me!!
Ps: The answer to last week’s question is “EEEEUUUURRROOOPPPEEE next”
This week’s question is: What did the bad soccer announcer get for Christmas?