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That would be me in the middle stepping in to separate two photographers fighting after the end of the ACC tournament final at the Omni in Atlanta in 1985.

Jerry Wachter, a longtime Sports Illustrated photographer, is the guy on the right. I have no idea who the guy at left is.

From what I recall the photographers, including me, had done the customary rush from the baseline onto the floor to shoot the jubo after UNC downed Georgia Tech 57-54. Oddly enough, Mark Price of Tech was the MVP. I have no recollection of the game or the photos I made but Greg Gibson , then of UPI, shot this. Greg contacted me via Facebook and I asked about the photo. He was able to find it within a matter of minutes and that's pretty amazing in its own right. After a long career as a photojournalist and being a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for mother AP Greg gave up chasing politicos for the wedding business. My guess is he's never shot anything quite like this at a wedding.

As far as I recall, Wachter got pissed at the guy for getting in his way or disconnecting a sync cord or something. Who knows but as you can see he wasn't amused.

I never met Jerry but certainly admired his work for the magazine over many years. I learned that he passed away in 2005 but his work lives on.


Another thing I remember about the tournament is driving to Atlanta with Dan Kibbler, the writer for The Sentinel, the PM paper I worked for along with the Winston-Salem Journal at the time. We even stopped along the way for me to shoot a building fire somewhere in Georgia or South Carolina.

But the thing I remember most is going down there with very little film because my boss really didn't want to send me in the first place. I had to borrow film and that was rather embarrassing.

I also remember eating lunch in the press room and another SI photographer at the table, Tony Tomsic, was complaining that the Nation Sports Festival (the name for the US Olympic Trials at the time) was scheduled for August in Baton Rouge. Well, I had just been to Baton Rouge to apply for a job at the State Times and the weather was quite nice. So I wondered what he was complaining about. I found out after getting the job there. Have you ever been in South Louisiana in August? It's not the heat; it's the stupidity.


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Taken on July 30, 2009