Written by Jeffrey D. Norwalk
Monday, 22 September 2008 11:08
While Clay’s Gary “Eagle Eye” Row has been a seemingly-permanent fixture around Memorial Stadium, it seems that CHS’s hall-of-fame videographer isn’t the only “legend of the lens” to have secured himself a lifetime’s lease in high school football press boxes.
Approximately nine miles away, another longtime football film man in “The Professor” Bill Bundy, a tenured Genoa High School math teacher, has somewhat more quietly become something of an icon while running the game film for the Comets for the last 24 to 25 years.
If “The Professor” took time away from his booth to look back at the numbers, here’s what he’d find —
2 - Number of games missed over the years.
8 - Number of GHS football coaches filmed for over the years — Bob Baird, 2 years; Grover Dowell, 1; John Boles, 12; Jeff Wood, 2; Todd Drusbach, 2; Bill Hrabak, 2; Bill Jones, 3; and Mike Vicars, 2.
24 or 25 - Number of years filming GHS Football.
Says Bundy, “I can’t remember if I started in 1983 or 1984. Bob Baird was the coach at the time, and asked me if I would tape the games for the team.”
250 - Approximate number of games taped for Genoa football.
Here is what The Professor would say on certain subjects —
Equipment Quandary — “The equipment has changed quite a bit over the years,” offers “The Professor.”
“When I first started, the tapes weren’t inserted into the camera. They were put into a portable VCR connected to the camera. This did mean more equipment to carry around, and it made for some interesting jogs from point to point when I was taping the cross country teams.”
Size Does Matter — “The cameras have decreased in size over the years,” adds Bundy. “However, some cameras are so small, it’s hard to keep them steady when filming without a tripod, and the buttons can be a bit tricky to use with a normal-sized hand.”
“Bundy Films,” R.I.P.? — “I now leave the editing to the football coaches,” says “The Professor.” “They know better than I what they want to concentrate on. I don’t currently add any “extras,” like I used to do. Some of the cameras don’t have the same accessories. I have been planning to play around with using the computer to create some extra creative flourishes, but haven’t mastered it yet. I know the coaches and players always told me how much they enjoyed the intros to the games.”
Bundy is referring to the technical wizardry he used to overlay, such as foreboding Clint Eastwood themes, and the famous Mike Gose return intro for the Halloween game in 1988, that made “Bundy Films” such a smash-hit with Comet players.
Press Box Professions — “The old press box at Bergman could make any game an adventure to tape. It was great on nice nights, being outside, above all the action. But on rainy and snowy evenings, it could be a challenge,” Bundy said.
“The newer press box was nice, because it gave me more room, but my area was still outside. The new press box at the new stadium is great! I’m inside with the coaches, and stay completely dry on those rainy nights. The new press box at Eastwood is also quite impressive.”
Thanks for the Memories — “Some of my more memorable games?” ponders Bundy. “The complete undefeated season of 1990. Last year’s regular season game against Eastwood. Our first ever playoff games last year. Putting a video tribute together for Jack Werner when he retired from being the ‘Voice of the Comets.’ He really appreciated it, and sent me a great thank you letter. I was glad I could do something special for someone who has been a great member of the Genoa family.”
For the Love of the Students — “Because the coaches can use the tapes to teach and prepare the players, and the players can use the tapes as keepsakes that capture some of their fondest high school memories, it makes it a pleasure for me to tape every game,” concludes The Professor.
“I also taped the cross country team for Dave Miller for a few years. They used the films more for keepsake and memory reasons, rather than as a training aid. I also tape the band at halftime of each game. As long as the coaches like what I do, and they keep asking me back, I’ll continue to tape the games.”
Did You Know? — Bill Bundy also runs the scoreboard for the Comets’ basketball and volleyball teams.