Jonah 'Bud' Greenspan was born in 1926, and became one of the foremost sports documentary filmmakers, specializing in Olympic storytelling. After a career in sport radio, he began producing sports documentaries in the 1950's, and perhaps started an Olympic focus in 1964 with Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin. Further Olympic-themed work includes Wilma, Olympic Moments, The Spirit of the Olympics, and The Olympiad, for which he received his first Emmy Award. His last work was as recent as 2010, in Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory. In addition to lifetime achievement awards from the Directors' Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and from the 2006 Sports Emmys, he also landed the George Foster Peabody Award. Greenspan passed away in late 2010 in NYC. As an Olympic fan, I particularly remember him as a stalwart figure of the Games, and often looked in anticipation for his commentary on live TV during Games coverage and afterwards for his recap productions. He definitely cast a long shadow in Olympic history documentation, and in the words of Juan Antonio Samaranch, certainly became an 'everlasting friend of the Olympic family'.
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At Rio 2016's Barra Olympic Park
Header: Kallimamaro stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896