Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Last Days Of Nick Charles

Remember CNN Sports Tonight? Back in the 80s and early 90s, if you were looking for sports highlights, there weren't many options. A couple of minutes on the local nightly news, the Sports Machine on Sunday nights, the brief Headline Sports at :19 and :49, ESPN when they weren't showing the National Grammar Rodeo, and CNN Sports Tonight. I actually forgot all about this show until I read that one of its hosts, Nick Charles, is dying. It's an interesting story, because he knows he doesn't have long, but is basically able to "attend his own memorial service."

He looks a lot different these days, but here he is back in the day. This is a "best of" type show but this gives you an idea of what CNN Sports Tonight was.

There are plenty of other vids of him and that show, check 'em out. (This also led me to look into what became of Van Earl Wright, who used to pepper his Headline Sports reports with "Los AN-geleeez" and...other stuff that was funny back before every sports guy thought he was a comedian.)


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