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Would You Let This Man Interview You?
Myron Cope
March 21, 1994
This SI Classic from 1967 chronicled the life and times of Howard Cosell, the controversial and sometimes bombastic sportscaster
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March 21, 1994

Would You Let This Man Interview You?

This SI Classic from 1967 chronicled the life and times of Howard Cosell, the controversial and sometimes bombastic sportscaster

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"The American Broadcasting Company has lived with me and permitted me," Cosell plowed on. "Tomorrow they may not. If so, there will be no sad songs for me. I'll go without a whimper. But ABC has been the only network to permit a Howard Cosell, and that's why Howard Cosell is important. That's why Howard Cosell is a story. If ever there was a trailblazer, if ever a broadcaster sought to bring sports out of the juvenile, out of the banal—this, you see, is my mission. I have been an electronic first," Cosell declared, "and I don't mean that egotistically."

The electronic first gazed at the ceiling, as if the magnificent trails he'd blazed were etched into the beams for him to see. "Yes," he at last decided. "When you get right down to it, I am a hero."

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