Sorry I’m just getting something out to you today. I had a bunch of things to attend to this morning and hadn’t had a chance to settle in at my desk. Now settled in, let’s blog.
I had a nice conversation with Vince Dooley this morning. He was in Macon Thursday night to attend a film festival in which a documentary of his life — “Vince Dooley: The Other Side of Football” — was being unveiled. The event was all the rage in Macon, attended by Gov. Sonny Perdue and some other local dignitaries, and was covered well by the Macon Telegraph.
I asked him if it was like a Hollywood premier, with red carpet walks and paparazzi. “Not quite,” Dooley said with a hearty laugh.
Coach Dooley and I have a good relationship that spans the last three decades. So I just <em>had</em> to give him a call to see what it was like to stare up at a giant silver screen to see someone else tell the world the story of your life.
“It’s a little but of mixed emotions, I’d have to say,” he said. “On one hand you appreciate all of the hard work that was done by Andy Permar, who was the 60-Minute Man on this thing. He did everything. He was the publisher, the producer, the director, the filmer, everything. On the other hand, it’s me, so it’s sort of humbling. Also, it was about an hour long so I felt for those people who had to sit through it and watch it all that time. I sat right behind the governor and I felt for him and everybody else.”
The sidebar on this story is a sad one. Permar, who had traveled to Dooley’s hometown of Mobile and all over the South shooting, passed away with the film about 85 percent completed, succumbing to cancer. His wife Debbie completed the work and was honored at the premier.
“It looked like he had it whipped,” Dooley said of Permar. “He was working to finish up the film and all of the sudden it came back on him and he didn’t last any time.”
“He went all over the place and he didn’t leave any stone unturned. I didn’t know he’d been down in Mobile talking to old friends and such. So anyway, he really worked hard at it. From that standpoint I was very grateful to him for wanting to do it and for the job that he did.”
Dooley did have one mild criticism. “I think people were a little too nice,” he said.
“They were all were very complimentary. It was not one of those objective pieces where you say the nice things and also turn around and mention the flaws. The flaws were left out, put it that way.
“It was a very nice experience. What he tried to do was show something beyond football: Growing up during the depression, family, old friends, and my other interests, Civl War history and gardening. Very, very kind, and humbling.”
You can order the DVD here.
Now, a few links:
This is one of those priceless stories you only run into once in a while that crystallizes the concept of sportsmanship and human kindness. An absolute must read! . . .
Sumter County and Americus honored former Bulldog and current Arizona tight end Leonard Pope. . . .