Now that Hockey Fest is over, and everyone’s appetite has been whetted for more puck, I decided to dig up an old DVD that was given out a few seasons ago by a credit card company at Staples Center that was a tremendous documentary.
But it was never made available for commercial sale, which is shocking. The production value is top-notch (way better than my crappy vlog previews) and there are some great interviews with such personalities as Wayne Gretzky, Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer and others. I have seen copies available on eBay for sale, as much as $40 bucks.
But I think that’s just wrong. This was given out, not sold. Everyone should have access to this doc, which is further proof of what a rich history the Kings have.
I’m going to unveil a couple chapters at a time, to keep you coming back for more. The first video I am posting has two short features. The first one is on Kings icon Bob Miller (whose operation on Friday went off without a hitch. Get well soon, Bob!) and how he got his job as play-by-play man for the Kings. It leads into the second feature, which is on the Kings’ first owner, Jack Kent Cooke.
After learning about Cooke’s mandate that the phone must be picked up on the second ring, I feel inspired. The two-ring rule should be brought back. How many times have you tried to call a business, only to have the phone ring and ring and ring? Then again, working in the newsroom, we let the phone ring all the time. Who wants to talk to readers?
At any rate, it’s a great documentary, so I hope you enjoy it.