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One-on-One with ... Verne Lundquist CBS ANNOUNCER
Richard Deitsch
April 15, 2013
IN YOUR LIFE, HAVE YOU HEARD ANYONE LIKE THE MAN WHO HAS GIVEN VOICE TO SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE CALLS IN MASTERS HISTORY (AND ONE OF THE LEAST MEMORABLE ROCK BANDS IN TEXAS HISTORY)?
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April 15, 2013

One-on-one With ... Verne Lundquist Cbs Announcer

IN YOUR LIFE, HAVE YOU HEARD ANYONE LIKE THE MAN WHO HAS GIVEN VOICE TO SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE CALLS IN MASTERS HISTORY (AND ONE OF THE LEAST MEMORABLE ROCK BANDS IN TEXAS HISTORY)?

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Well, of course, but Bill has earned the right to use that as often and in whatever circumstance he chooses. I get more Happy Gilmore or "Yes, sir!" references in arenas than anything else, but for Bill, nobody says, "Man to man." Everybody just yells, "Onions." And you can hear it from the third level of the arena.

I've seen SEC fans get on you, including calling you Verne Drunkquist. Have you read any of that stuff, and how much does it bother you?

I am aware of the criticism, but I've never heard that one. I can promise whoever wrote that, I have never gone on the air in a state of inebriation [laughs].

It seems that you love to laugh more than any other announcer.

Yeah, and it's not fake. I get that from my dad. My dad was a large man—not in height but in girth. He had a big laugh, and there was a warmth to it. I am thankful I have inherited that.

Is there a sporting event that you have not yet called that you wish you had?

I would love to do a Final Four, but that is not going to happen. I would love to have done a telecast of a Super Bowl, but that is not going to happen. But my answer would honestly be no, because I am very comfortable with how things are winding up for me. When I do retire, I will retire as a very happy person, both personally and professionally.

Do you have a favorite two-word expression?

No, sir.

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