R.I.P. Bud Greenspan, by Walt Murphy

The opening ceremony of the 1896 Summer Olympics.

Bud Greenspan died on December 25, 2010, at the age of 84. From his first film on Olympic weightlifter John Davis, produced in 1952, Greenspan understood the power and beauty of the Olympic ideal. It was that ideal that he choose to focus the next fifty-six years of his life. Here is a short anecdote by Walt Murphy on the iconic status Greenspan held in the modern Olympic world...(picture is of 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece, the first of the modern era).

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Bud Greenspan, the creator of unforgettable images in his many Olympic documentaries, passed away on Saturday at the age of 84.

Known as much for wearing his trademark glasses on top of his head, Greenspan once showed up at an Olympic media center to get his credential. As the volunteer worker prepared to take his picture, Greenspan was asked to remove his glasses. Protesting mildy, Greenspan said, "But you don't understand, my glasses are part of who I am"(I'm paraphrasing here). The worker relented and Greenspan's true image was portrayed on his credential.

Cappy Productions (Greenspan's company)
http://www.budgreenspan.com/ (includes Alan Abrahamson's tribute)

CNN  (includes a video interview with Greenspan)

NY Times

L.A. Times

Washington Post

Universal Sports

Yahoo Sports


His films

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