Missed photo opportunity

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2002

Hello from SLC,

I always knew I as not a photographer. I just never knew how much I wasn't until Friday night.

There I was, a half-hour after the Opening Ceremony, getting what I thought was a late start over to the press conference, when I hop on an elevator, turn toward the front and notice I'm standing right next to Mike Euruzione. He was going upstairs to talk about having had the honor of lighting the cauldron at Rice-Eccles Stadium. He's also kind of important to anyone who likes hockey or America, because he scored the biggest goal of the Olympics in 1980 when the U.S. won the gold medal in Lake Placid.

After the interviews, I was in no hurry to get back, since all deadlines had passed. So I'm just walking and writing notes at the same time, when I turn a corner and there he is again. Euruzione is waiting for another elevator and for the next several minutes, it's just me and a handful of other people standing there chatting with the star of the Opening Ceremonies, who is still is carrying the torch he used to light the flame at these Olympics.

Would have made a terrific postcard today, right? Might have been the kind of photo I'd like to keep a copy of. Could have even been next year's Christmas card.

There was only one problem: No camera. Left it back at the media workroom when I went to make a call. I'd carried the thing around for six hours, but was unarmed when I really had something to shoot. What a dolt.

This kind of thing never happens to Scott Moon.


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