Second-Generation Sportscaster Joe Buck: &#039I Hear My Dad More In Me Now&#039

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Longtime St. Louis Cardinals sportscaster Jack Buck, left, celebrates Father’s Day with his son Joe Buck in 1995. Leon Algee/AP hide caption

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Because 1996, sportscaster Joe Buck has been announcing Super Bowls, golf tournaments, bass fishing, motorcycle jumps and, of course, baseball. In fact, he did the play-by-play for seventh game of the Planet Series this year among the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs — a game that drew the largest audience in a generation.

But Joe Buck wasn’t the 1st sportscaster in his family: His father, Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck, was the longtime voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. He worked into his 70s announcing Cardinals games and Monday Evening Football, all while struggling with Parkinson’s illness and diabetes.

Joe Buck’s new book is called Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Factors I am Not Permitted to Say on Television. He tells NPR’s Scott Simon that he and his dad have been ideal close friends. “It wasn’t as much father-son,” he says, “we had been buddies and I miss the hell out of him.”


Interview Highlights

On what his dad, Jack Buck, was like

He was the strongest, toughest guy I knew. He was a Depression-era kid he was in World War II he was wounded in Germany he came back to the States he only went to college due to the fact there was the G.I. Bill. Dirt poor, self-produced and was a genuine very good man.

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So when he was sick and he had diabetes and he had Parkinson’s and he had a pacemaker and ultimately had lung cancer and then an infection, which took his life, he didn’t let anything slow him down. And if he was walking in or out of the ballpark, he’d stand there and sign autographs. And when you have serious symptoms of Parkinson’s, it’s not simple to do anything with your hands let alone sign a baseball. But he would do it simply because he felt like he owed that to anyone who wanted it.

So, you know, his line was, “Let them be concerned about me shaking,” and “I am not worried about it.” And it was a great way to see somebody attack life and not let what ever ailments he had stop him from carrying out what he loved to do. And you know, of all the gifts that he gave me, that is No. 1: to plow ahead, maintain on moving. Whether it was my vocal problem in 2011, going through divorce as he did — you got to choose your self up and preserve going forward. And I saw him do that. He didn’t inform me it. I watched it.

On what it was like to turn out to be a sportscaster in his father’s shadow

Appear, the rewards far outweigh anything on the damaging side, I am wise enough to know. … I am lucky that I was born to these parents. I’m lucky that my dad wanted to be around me, that he took me to all these National League cities by the time I was 12.

But I think when I was a kid in St. Louis, which is a actually modest community, I was aware that eyes have been on us and I was conscious at an early age that if I screwed up I was going to be the concentrate if I was in a group of who-did-what and who-was-wrong and my dad would have to spend some sort of public value for it. And then when I started, you know, I am the most significant beneficiary of nepotism that I know. I was broadcasting Cardinal baseball in the significant leagues at the age of 21, and that only occurred because my final name was Buck. At the time, I fought that. …

… I will forever be recognized to some individuals as Jack Buck’s son. And thank God he and I were very best friends or that would drive me nuts. Rather, I think about it a higher compliment.

But there is also a tiny bit much more of a sharp knife out there, as far as critics are concerned, that you greater be as excellent as the old man, or in some instances greater, to be regarded a accomplishment. And I know I do a decent adequate job to maintain my job, but I will forever be identified to some people as Jack Buck’s son. And thank God he and I had been best close friends or that would drive me nuts. Alternatively, I take into account it a higher compliment.

On how fans react to him rooting for each teams as a sportscaster

You know, in baseball far more than football — surely more than golf — when you do the national play-by-play it is a no-win circumstance. And I say that because in baseball … all season long, 162 games, you get your neighborhood guys. And the fans know: These two guys on the air think the way I feel they root the way I root they’re happy when my team wins they’re sad when my team loses. And when we show up, I have to be pleased for each sides. And if I’m happy for both sides, fans in every city feel, “Properly, that implies he likes that group and not mine.” It is why my Twitter bio or deal with or whatever it really is called says, “I really like each group except yours.” And so it really is just my tongue-in-cheek way of saying I can’t win.

On losing his voice after obtaining hair plug surgery

The deal is I had it carried out six occasions exactly where they utilised a local anesthetic. And the surgeon — as I am awake and he’s essentially scalping me — would listen to NPR even though I sat there for six hours and he was carrying out this procedure. … One day this guy comes to me, he goes, “You know, you can do this with a general anesthetic.” It is like, “What?” So I did it with a basic anesthetic. There was an issue during the procedure and I woke up with the laryngeal nerve not firing my left vocal cord and I could not speak right for nearly a full year.

On his voice sounding a lot more like his father’s as he gets older

I hear my dad more in me now than I ever have. And I don’t know if that is because I’m receiving a little older, if it is due to the fact I went by way of the vocal concerns I went via, but there are instances where I hear highlights that I am a element of and I feel, Man, that sounds a lot like my dad. I never don’t forget considering that in the mid-’90s. I consider I had a small bit far more pubescent voice back then and now that I’ve been via life and I’ve taken on as significantly secondhand smoke as I have … I am obtaining there as I get older. So when individuals say that, it’s the greatest compliment I could be given.

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&#039I Create About Awful Folks,&#039 Says Gay Talese

The Voyeur's Motel

Journalist Gay Talese has never ever shied away from controversial topics. He took on the mafia in Honor Thy Father and dove deep into America’s sex life in Thy Neighbor’s Wife. But even Talese paused when he very first heard about the Manor House Motel in Aurora Colo., back in 1980. Innkeeper Gerald Foos had outfitted his motel with a particular platform which permitted him to spy on his guests — and he invited Talese to take a peek as nicely. Talese, a man of seemigly insatiable curiosity, did just that. But Foos demanded anonymity, so Talese decided not to write about the experience. Till now.

His new book The Voyeur’s Motel is based on Foos’ journals, and Talese is already on the defensive about it. Last week, after the Washington Post unearthed some discrepancies in Foos’s story, Talese disavowed the book — then swiftly changed his thoughts and now says the Post was wrong, and he stands by his story. He tells NPR’s Lynn Neary that he was extremely upset when the Post initially confronted him, since “for 60-some years, I’d been a reporter who took pride in acquiring the facts proper, and I was now told I got the information wrong.”


Interview Highights

On whether he thinks Foos created up his account of witnessing a murder

Talese: No I don’t. … He admitted that he saw this woman getting strangled. And Foos is a former football player, hefty guy, big guy, muscle. He did not do something to help her, he stayed in a cowardly way up in the attic. I thought, “This is the worst thing I can create about this guy … No 1 who ever reads this book is going to ever, ever have any sympathy for him simply because he’s showing himself a coward.”

Lynn Neary: But you did not report it either.

I keep secrets. I respect when folks inform me it’s off the record, it’s off the record. And I was off the record for 32 years with this voyeur, Gerald Foos. I kept my word to the voyeur, who was a despicable guy.

Talese: That’s true. That is true. And I am vulnerable to what ever you or any person else desires to say. I did not do it. How do I justify this to you or to anyone? Properly, as a reporter, I protect sources. I once dealt with the mafia for six, seven years. I safeguard sources. I was dealing with killers and I wasn’t calling the cops. My complete life, though — not to justify it, but let me tell you — has always been, I’m significantly less a particular person than a reporter. I keep secrets. I respect when people inform me it is off the record, it is off the record. And I was off the record for 32 years with this voyeur, Gerald Foos. I kept my word to the voyeur, who was a despicable guy. But I’ve dealt with despicable individuals, like killers and the mafia prior to. I’ve been by means of this. That’s no excuse, but that is the way I am.

On how the book turn its readers into voyeurs themselves

You really feel like a voyeur, but I tell you, I was a voyeur ahead of I met Gerald Foos. Reporters are voyeurs. I also felt as a boy so curious about men and women — I was born in a very strict Catholic background. My Catholicism is not today what it was in the postwar 1940s. [It was] filled with guilt and censorship, since the church — my church, my boyhood church — fostered censorship. You shouldn’t study this, you can not read that dirty book, you cannot consider this … that is my planet. It really is not a excellent globe, but it is what formed me as a curious individual. And perhaps also some appreciation for a damaging light simply because we all aspired to be living in a heavenly light when I was a boy, an altar boy. And so the devil type of attracted me due to the fact it was part of nature that was being censored or I was being advised to stay away. And I did not keep away due to the fact I am a tiny bit drawn to what is forbidden. That is not a great defense, but that is me.

On regardless of whether, having dealt with Foos, he developed a dark view of humanity

That is accurate, but … that’s been true of me long before I met the voyeur. Thy Neighbor’s Wife, I was worse off than I am now. I was a reporter of the darkness of our democracy and I was vilified, OK? I am not the initial. … But this is the voice of free America. Very first Amendment. You can create about awful folks and I create about awful people on a lot of occasions. I want to report the dark side, since, I imply, I just pick the incorrect individuals — to most people’s opinion, but to me they are the appropriate individuals. So I have a issue: It really is communicating to a polite audience and justifying what it is that I want to write and how I go about it. And I do get close to my men and women. I imply it really is accurate, I get close, but that’s all I can tell you.

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&#039I Can Do This&#039: How Robert Patrick Became A Terminator

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Robert Patrick always dreamed of becoming an actor, but working as a house painter in Ohio made Hollywood seem like a long shot. Everything changed one summer when he went sailing on Lake Eerie.

Robert Patrick constantly dreamed of becoming an actor, but functioning as a residence painter in Ohio created Hollywood seem like a long shot. Every thing changed one particular summer season when he went sailing on Lake Eerie. Victoria Will/Invision/AP hide caption

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As element of a series known as My Huge Break, All Items Regarded is collecting stories of triumph, large and small. These are the moments when almost everything appears to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Right after an action-packed chase by means of the dried-up LA River, The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, rescues a kid named John Connor on his motorcycle. They’re running from a cyborg dressed as a cop — an sophisticated prototype called the T-1000.

You may well recall the scene. That emotionless, unstoppable liquid-metal terminator created a mark on film-goers’ memories — and the function produced Robert Patrick’s profession.

He constantly dreamed of becoming an actor, but functioning as a house painter in Cleveland made Hollywood appear like a long shot. But every thing changed one summer, when he went sailing on Lake Erie with some friends.

A storm abruptly rolled in and the boat started taking in water.

“[I was] standing there, watching the nose of this boat going underwater, and inside seconds there was practically nothing,” Patrick says. “I grabbed a life preserver and I started throwing out every little thing I could see that would float.”

His pals grabbed ahold of the debris and Patrick volunteered to swim to shore and get assist. He was the only one particular wearing a life preserver.

“I was about 3 miles off the coast of Cleveland — I was way out there,” he says. “It took three hours to swim in.”

Ultimately, he reached a marina, went back out on a boat and rescued his pals stranded out on the lake. Patrick says that day changed him.

“That single incident made me stand up and realize, ‘If you don’t hurry up and do one thing swift with your life, it can be snatched away,’ ” Patrick says.

So he quit his job, packed up his car and headed west, hoping for a profession in the movies.

“Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA record had come out and I had a cassette of that I slammed in my tape deck,” he says. “And that sort of fueled the trip across the nation.”

He kept playing and replaying Springsteen’s “No Surrender.”

“This was a final, desperate attempt to give goal to my personal life,” Patrick says. “Acquiring into this enterprise.”

All he packed was an American flag, a sleeping bag, an answering machine and a bag of clothes. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he initially lived out of his vehicle. He was capable to scrounge up adequate funds to rent out an apartment in LA’s Koreatown.

“I had a view of the Hollywood sign,” he says. “I would sit there and appear at that Hollywood sign and, ‘Alright, you happen to be here — let’s make something occur.’ “

Patrick’s very first movie part was a single of the poor guys in Die Tough 2 named O’Reilly. Director Renny Harlin liked Patrick’s look so a lot, he cast him on the spot.

“And I keep in mind I went out to my car and I actually sat there and cried for a bit,” Patrick says. “I remember that — I was so joyful.”

Shortly soon after, Patrick got an audition for a new James Cameron movie. He wasn’t allowed to see the script, but he was told to go into the audition showing an intense presence.

Robert Patrick (left) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

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“I walked in and I stated, ‘Let me turn my back to the camera and just roll on me,’ ” Patrick says. “And I did this sort of snap-back-about and looked correct into the lens of the camera and I slowed every thing down, as intense as I could, with everything I had, man. And it was that moment that … [James Cameron] leaned back and went, ‘Whoa, what is that?’ “

He got a callback for a screen test the subsequent day and was finally permitted to read the script to Terminator II: Judgement Day. That is when Patrick realized he was auditioning for Schwarzenegger’s nemesis — a profession-making part.

“I walked into [Jim’s office] and he had glasses on, he was sitting at his desk, and I placed the script down in front of him. And he sort of looked up at me and I just went, ‘I can do this.’ And he said, ‘That’s why you’re right here, Robert.’ And we did the screen test and I got the role,” Patrick says.

The T-1000 was Robert Patrick’s huge break.

He went on to star in the X-Files and HBO’s Trueblood and he played Johnny Cash’s father in Walk the Line. Now, he plays Cabe Gallo on the Television show, Scorpion. A new season premieres Monday on CBS.

“You can fail, and I failed quite a couple of occasions. But you got to find faith in something. If you do not, you happen to be going to reside a life of, ‘I want I woulda,’ ” he says.

“I am not living that life of ‘I want I woulda,’ I’m living the life that I wanted to reside. And that’s the satisfaction that I carry with me daily.”

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