Saturday, February 05, 2011

Presidential Coin Toss

With the Super Bowl tomorrow coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, Harry Shearer dug this out of his Found Objects file.

It's raw footage from the satellite feed of a live TV camera in the White House as Reagan did the coin toss for Super Bowl XIX (49ers-Dolphins), the first President to do so, and the first time the game was broadcast on ABC (with OJ Simpson among its broadcasters). This is rare video from a White House that carefully controlled every sound and image it could. There's nothing embarrassing here, just an interesting moment in broadcast history which runs about 15 minutes...