TV profiles Steve Robbins, ‘world’s fastest Medicare’ man
TV coverage of masters track is usually cliche-ridden and one-dimensional, but a Fox affiliate in Seattle got it just about right this past week with a 2-minute, 45-second profile of M65 sprint champion Steve Robbins. They showed him on the track, of course. But they also explored his author side and interviewed his wife, Laura — who looks about 40 years younger. (So that’s your secret, huh, Steve?) His sense of humor shines through when he refers to himself as the world’s fastest medicare recipient. But given his history of injuries (which he summarizes), Steve appears grateful just to be able to run track. As should we all. Click here to view the clip, which I extracted from the regular Web site. His section starts about 2 minutes into the video.
But it wouldn’t be TV without some crazy gaffes.
In Aaron Levine’s report, he refers to Steve as “one of the fastest men in the world” (leaving out the critical qualifier “for his age”). Aaron also says Steve broke the 200 record (for M65) by 2 seconds. (It was two-tenths of a second.)
Other than that, it was fine. (Here’s another, larger version of the clip. Again, it starts 2 minutes in. You can move a small <- bar -> just beneath the screen to advance it.)
Stay well, Steve. You have a date with a sub-25 in Spokane.