Rich>> I thought NBC did a good job on the piece about the '72 massacre at the
Rich>> Munich games.
Steve> With the exception of the use of some of the fancy graphics instead of
Steve> the original footage, I concur.
I guess the quality of the documentary showed what has always been NBC's strong
point, news coverage. It was a moving and gripping review of the tragedy. I
felt the same sick helplessness I felt in 1972 as I held my infant son and
watched Jim McKay.
Later, an interview with the 20-year-old daughter of one of the ***ed
Israeli athletes brought out some of the anger she feels. She asked
why the Games continued (it was mentioned in the piece that the cheers from a
volleyball game could be heard during the standoff at the Olympic Village). And
her hurt was obvious when she talked of how her mother felt when, during a
memorial service in the stadium the day after the ***s, athletes stretched
and prepared for their events on the sidelines.
Earlier in the week, a gift fell into NBC's lap. When the injured British
runner insisted on finishing his race, the commentators only had to be
sympathetic -- or even silent -- to gain the viewers' emotions. The
documentary on Munich was much difficult: an honest attempt to touch our
feelings and to get us to think about just what is the importance, after all is
said and done, of the Olympic Games.