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• Tom Mix was a rodeo champion in the early 1900s. One day a rodeo organizer showed him a cable from a film company looking for cowboys willing to do stunt work for a movie they were making. Mix signed up and that’s how he got started in films. • In 1914 Mix was acting as safety man during the filming of “Lost in the Jungle.” Heroine Kathryn Williams was to cower between two logs while a leopard menaced her. The leopard had been trained to catch and kill chickens, and a chicken was tied directly behind the actress out of camera range. Mix stood by with a shotgun just in case. • As the leopard stalked the chicken, the breeze kicked up, ruffling Kathryn’s hair which flew up into a feathery halo. The confused leopard leapt at the actress instead of the chicken, sinking its claws into her head. Mix, unable to shoot the animal without endangering the actress, grabbed the leopard by the tail and dragged it off. • The director saw the potential in this heroic act and Tom Mix’s career as an actor and stuntman was launched. He went on to make 70 Westerns for the studio, performing all his own stunts. He ended up breaking each leg four times as well as fracturing ribs, ankles, and hands. His popularity soared until he was one of Hollywood’s top stars, earning $17,000 per week. He died in 1940 in a car crash at the age of 60.


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• William Duncan, a Scottish actor, insisted on doing his own stunts. In 1915 he plunged off an 80-foot cliff into the sea, but the cameras on the boats were rocked so violently by the waves that they were unable to get any close-up shots of Duncan supposedly drowning. So they moved to a 10-foot deep indoor tank in a studio. • In the script, Duncan’s character plunges off the cliff to avoid capture by pursuing guards, who then shoot at him in the water. To simulate rifle shots hitting the water, production assistants were armed with heavy iron nuts and instructed to hurl them at Duncan’s head as he was going under. • To ensure a life-like drowning, Duncan was tied to a rope which ran through an iron ring on the bottom of the tank and over to several men on the opposite side who were to pull on the rope to drag Duncan under. Duncan was then supposed to release himself from the rope and swim to the surface. • Just as Duncan was being pulled under, one of the nuts hit him in the head, knocking him senseless. He suddenly found himself underwater, tied to a rope with no recollection of what he was supposed to do. He nearly drowned before the details of how to release himself from the rope came back to him. Meanwhile, the assistants were standing around the tank thinking, “Gee, he sure can stay under water a long time.”


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• Mary Fuller was one of the first female stuntwomen. In 1916 she played the part of a mermaid. Her mermaid tail was firmly fitted to her bottom half and she was placed, bedecked with lilies and coral, on a rocky point off the coast in the midst of an angry sea. While the cameras rolled, she noted that the tide was rising far more rapidly than anyone had considered possible. She shouted to the director who stood on the shore, but she couldn’t be heard over the crashing of the waves. The cameraman was totally absorbed in getting the shot and didn’t notice her predicament. Water began splashing over her. Waves tore away her lilies and coral. She could not move because of the tail. Finally a wave swept over her, dragging her out to sea. Only then did the men realize the danger she was in. They dragged her back to shore, but the movie cameras were swept out to sea and never recovered.


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But like anyone who grew up a Giants fan and can’t stand seeing Ben Affleck any more than I absolutely must, I was pulling for the Falcons. It’s a great franchise, headed up by a great owner, led by Matt Ryan, the rightful MVP. The people and fans of Atlanta are championship starved, and on any other Sunday, against any other team, they would be coming home with the hardware. But how could you not root for Brady in the final minutes of the fourth quarter? In overtime? After his 60th passing attempt? And how could you not smirk along with him as Roger Goodell — possibly the worst commissioner in organized sports history, the guy that stupidly suspended the league’s only real marquee star over a few ounces of missing air — had to hand the Lombardi Trophy to him? If your life depended on it, could you imagine starting any other quarterback? Baby Boomers and subsequent generations have witnessed some of the greatest players and athletes of all-time. We’ve seen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jordan, Gretzky, Howe, Bonds, Ali, Federer, Nicklaus, Woods, Serena Williams ... and now we can say we saw Tom Brady. And nobody summed it up better than the man himself. “I’ve been labeled a cheater. I’ve been suspended. My mom is dealing with cancer. I’ve been ripped for my Donald Trump friendship. I’m playing the Super Bowl against the MVP of the league (Matt Ryan). I was a sixth-round pick, No. 199. Nothing is easy. Nothing is handed to me. I’m going to do what I set out to do in this league from the start. And that is become the greatest quarterback that ever played.” Greatest quarterback to ever play the game? Absolutely. Roger that. You bet your life. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey. © 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.


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