|Steve Sabol: 1942-2012|
I first met Steve Sabol - actually, I talked on the phone with him - early in 1985. I was at the old Voice office at 842 Broadway, sitting in the cubicle that belonged to the sports editor, who was almost never there. The voice at the other end said his name was Steve and that wanted to talk football.
He was coming up to New York from his office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the next day, he said, to meet his sister Blair. Blair Sabol was one of the wittiest writers the Voice had - later I would hear her described as "the Abby Hoffman of fashion." Would I like to go to lunch with them, he asked?
Well, yeah, I guess so, though I didn't understand why some businessman from Mt. Laurel whose sister wrote for the Voice wanted to take me to lunch. For some reason I didn't make the connection that his name was Steve, that Blair's last name was Sabol, and this meant I was talking to Steve Sabol, the head of NFL Films.