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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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The recent controversies of pre-recorded fireworks and lip synching little girls aside, it seems people agree the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was really, really cool.

As I stated, previous opening ceremonies have had the feel of half-time shows on steroids to me, but this time was different. Here are a few thoughts emailed to me.

Kris in Milwaukee: Hey Vince, I soooo agree with you on that opening ceremony.  I also was not excited to watch (I lost interest in most things Olympic when they started letting pros participate instead of just amateurs) and felt like the pre-Olympic hype was driving me nuts.  But sadly, I have limited choices on television (due to my 'frugal' nature and unwillingness to pay for unnecessary cable.)  So I ended up turning it on because it was the lesser of all evils for options on a Friday night.  And boy was I amazed!  The precision, the participation, the detail and beauty of the costuming, that spectacular torch lighting!  Could NOT take my eyes off it all!  Just incredible.

Dan in Waukesha County: Vince, like you I avoid the opening ceremonies like the plague, but for my wife and peace and harmony, I “suffered” through the ceremony until 2 minutes into it. What a spectacular production. My shock and disbelief when I saw that the Columns were operated by people and not computer guided machines HOLY CRAP, BATMAN. Amazing what people can do when they work together for a common goal. I hope the world took note.

Anne in Delafield: I agree about the opening ceremony on Friday night. Until now, I don’t think I’ve ever watched one from start to finish. They usually got kind of “out there” for me. This one was tremendous! I couldn't’t wait to see what they would do next. It just kept getting more and more incredible! I wish I could have seen my face when all the people popped out of the printing blocks! I had been wondering how they had rigged them to run so smoothly. And then to realize it had been done flawlessly by so many people… I was in awe! I also loved the big LED screen and the Chinese “painting”. How cool to have every athlete add to it by walking across it. I can’t wait to see it in the closing ceremony. I have to say I was truly moved by the detail and expression that were so present Friday’s ceremony. It is something that will stay with me for a long time to come!

Wendy: I agree with you that the opening ceremonies are totally beautiful and inspire us to look at the host country with greater respect and, yes, awe!

Thanks for your responses. Enjoy the Games. USA!









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