The Film: The Philadelphia Shoot
January 17, 2012
Mike Cappelletti ’77 stepped forward to host the Philly shoot. Italians are famous for their hospitality, and Mike exceeded the high standard. It so happened, he engaged his Penn State network by contacting Bud Meredith, Jr, Manager, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia for the shoot location. Bud is the son of the legendary Bud Sr, long time Penn State sports ticket manager who is known and loved by thousands of former athletes and season ticket holders. The site was perfect and the welcome pure blue and white.
The speed of the entire project only permitted guys 36 hours to sign up for an interview following receipt of an email. Guys who missed getting a seat at one site were now politicking to get a seat at the next location. One interviewee keep a charter flight idling in order to participate, while another who called an hour after the deadline for Baltimore, jumped line for Philly. There were rumors of some arm wrestling for slots, but it could not be confirmed.
A real treat for men in Philly was to see Neil Hutton ’77 who had just published his first book titled, “From Multiple Sports To Multiple Sclerosis: Fighting The MS Battle – A True Story”. Neil is a special guy and favorite of team mates.
Not only was Cappy a great host, he debuted as an interviewer. Yep, he hopped in the chair and conducted several interviews of former players. The change in question cadence became pivotal in the project and footage from his interviews is used at critical moments in the film.
Joe never did recruit for one position, he looked for the best all-around athlete.
Below you’ll find some select photos from our Philadelphia shoot. (Click each photo to enlarge.)