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Brett Thurley
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I was wanting to get some info on the Curt Gowdy pro events (possibly jump only) that ran back in the day, probably 1970's. I think it ran for two or three years and was in Tyler Texas, can anyone shed any light on the event. I have a friend here in Australia who is best friend's with Curt Gowdy's son and wanted to know more about the tournaments  named after his Dad.

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EB
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I was Tech. Controller for the first event, held in 1978 at Dallas, TX on Bachman Lake.  Carlos Maciel was a judge, maybe Chief Judge.  We drove 32 hours straight through from New England with tech. gear, such as jump meter stands.

I don't have memories of scores, etc., but that presumably means the event went off OK and there were no records.  Likely, the AWSEF library has a video tape of the event.

Main notable aspect of the site was that it was right next to Love Field, and there was plenty of jet noise, especially when they were taking off, with the planes starting less than 500 yards away.

I do have a clear memory of Curt Gowdy being there and one particular happening that should be of interest to your friend.

When the tournament wasn't running (maybe the day before, or after the first day), Curt was out in a boat recording announcements to later be used for the show.  Such as:  "Stay tuned; we'll be right back with more exciting waterski action".  Or similar.  There were about 6 announcements to record.  I believe I was in the production trailer visiting, and watching Curt do the blurbs.  Most were short ones.  Then, they threw a long one at him that went on 3 or so sentences.  Curt didn't have cue cards, so he was repeating back what he had heard.  Chuckles went through the trailer when the long announcement was read to him, with the crew figuring fat chance he's going to get that one right.

But he did, on the first take.  And it was first take for all of the announcements.

I didn't attend the event (called Curt Gowdy Mercruiser?) in 1979 at Tyler, TX.  That was the event where John Mondor went 187' for a World Record, surpassing Wayne Grimditch's 180' set a few years before, and also replacing Wayne in the 1979 Worlds (Toronto) as a Record Holder.
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GaryB
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Good to see you around these parts Brett, I won't forget your great days of slalom action and power.
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GaryB
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Good to see you around these parts Brett, I won't forget your great days of slalom action and power.
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Ham Wallace
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I was at both. I may still have a program and other info somwhere. The pack rat in me makes me keep all that stuff.
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wade cox
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G'day Carrot,

Bachman Lake was where we had the Paws Pro Tour in summer of 90!
How are things down under mate.   Say hey to all the fam.

Coxy

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Brett Thurley
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Hey Coxy, you remember that tournament because you beat me in the finals huh

Hope the new business is doing well


Brett
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Brett Thurley
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Thanks EB, Ham and Gary for the help

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