Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

And I'm not even a Sports Nut

I recently had the opportunity to meet some BYU Alumni, and I'm not talking about the Legends on campus. I've been helping with a BYU film project, something I'll talk about more in detail later. Let it suffice to say that I'm doing behind the scenes work.

We were shooting on Monday, and had a couple cameos by Steve Young and Robbie Bosco. I knew they were going to be there, I knew I was going to be there, I figured I'd take advantage of the situation.

It was a lot of fun, and honest, I'll tell you more about this project later on. It's too much to explain right now.

So the story goes, Steve was in town, and willing to appear with his friend Robbie. He was short on time because he had to go do some interview with ESPN, so we only had about an hour, 90 minutes tops. We filmed at break-neck speed, and when we were done with the last take, he took off. That's when I opened my backpack, got out the two football I'd just bought, and the silver Sharpie. I felt a little stupid, but was I ever going to have another chance at this? It's kinda cool, however you dice it, and a signed ball or two make it cooler.

I chased him down and asked, "Mr. Young, could you do me a huge favor? Could I ask you to sign a couple these?" He politely agreed, but asked that I walk with him to the BYU Broadcasting studios so he wouldn't have to stop (or he would be late). I told him I could follow all day.

I imagine the ball is worth something, though I'm not sure how much. Probably in the $100-$200 dollar range, but that is a guess, a shot in the dark really. It would be more if it had a certificate of authenticity, but that's not something I had really thought about. I should have just filmed him sign it, I had a camera with me. That's proof enough, right?

I gave one of the balls to my boss for the price of the ball. He loved it. The other one sits in front of me right now, and I have a bit of a plan for it.

I used to work at the BYU Dry Cleaners with my friend Brian. He called me today after he saw some pictures on facebook of the shoot, and wanted to hear about it. We chatted, then he offered this gem of advise:

"You know, LaVell Edwards comes in to the Dry Cleaners at least every couple weeks. He signed a ball for [Brian's wife] Kira. You should take that ball in to Andy [our old boss] and get him to have Lavell sign it next time he comes in."

I'll let you know how the plan turns out.

On a completely unrelated note: to get the pictures of the ball, I contemplated taking the batteries from my travel alarm. Then I realized: I don't think I've replaced the batteries on that for five years. Remarkable. I couldn't bring myself to end such a good run, so I charged a few dead batteries instead. Took longer, but worth preserving the record.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

That's cool Aus, where is one for your sports-loving brother in law? Just kidding, it looks like you're having fun doing what you do!