Todd Graves and I have been friends for nearly 25 years.
Now, he’s asked me to step in again and search for hidden Moe Norman images to embellish The Feeling of Greatness documentary his Straight Line Films LLC is producing.
You know what’s really cool about that? Meeting new-to-me Moe Norman fans and making more friends with them along the way.
You know what’s not cool about that? Dealing with corporate entities which epitomize avarice, some releasing footage if we’ll pony up more than $5,000 a minute to include in the documentary honoring Moe’s legacy.
I say that because in glaring contrast, we’re so grateful to the individuals who’ve freely offered snaps and snips of Moe they’ve had in their files for years. Many are wonderfully revealing of the man that Moe Norman was and became as his often tumultuous life unfolded.
Equally impressive in the gathering of Moe stories is the generosity of celebrity and regular folks who knew and admired Moe. Several super interviews are already in-the-can and the unselfish time commitment of folks who freely spoke to our cameras will further the greatness of The Feeling of Greatness.
While I continue this Moe Norman archival scavenger hunt, I’m having fun uncovering things about him that are so unique they’ll insure The Feeling of Greatness will intimately take the viewer along the emotional hills and valleys of his legendary life.
One glimpse surely will be from footage given by Pinehurst’s Eric Alpenfels, who produced an original swing video of Moe early in the heyday of video instruction. Of course, in it, Moe’s greatest-ball-striker-in-the-game-swing is front and center.
But the golden find, is the humming and actual sotto voce singing while the camera rolls and body-mic is on during Eric’s video shoot downtimes. It’s a charming side of Moe which surprises and pleases.
Though tedious at times, this segment of documentary development can have exciting discovery moments, sort of like panning for gold. So, like a prospector headed to Klondike, I’m headed to Canada soon to pan for more Moe golden moments in the archives of Canada’s Professional Golf Association.
In addition to boxes of clippings and photos and 16 and 8 millimeter films at CPGA’s headquarters which promise to hold Moe gold, CPGA will ask it’s 3600 Canadian golf professional members to search their closets and drawers to find personal Moe images they’d be willing to share with The Feeling of Greatness. I’ve got a feeling there are some real golden nuggets coming our way from them.
So, as you read this and you have or know someone who has original footage of Moe Norman and would like to share it with The Feeling of Greatness production team, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks in advance.