“Where’s our reprise?” we shouted, and my father’s American guest looked both confused and alarmed.
It was sometime in the 196os and we were watching some sporting event – likely baseball, in our house, but I don’t remember. As a call was disputed on the field, we hollered for the replay – “reprise” in French, just because.
In 1955, George Retzlaff, then producer of Hockey Night in Canada, experimented with a near-instant-replay technique using the technology he had available. I figure that this pioneering effort is worthy of notice: having the idea and proving its use in sports broadcasting was the big step, the rest was fine-tuning.
I note this innovation today, as the 2017 World Junior Championship begins. After all, what would TV hockey be without the reprise, instant or not-quite-instant?
You know how on long flights they remind you of where the emergency exits are, partway through the flight? Given that we’re halfway through this series, I thought I’d do something similar.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.