The Heidi Game changed football broadcasting forever

November 17, 1968
Dear Marjorie,

It’s late on a Sunday night, but I had to write to tell you what happened. We were all sitting around the TV tonight watching the New York Jets play football. I think they were playing the Oakland Raiders, but I don’t pay much attention to it. I like New York because I am IN LOVE with Joe Namath (not really, but REALLY, he is so handsome-those blue eyes! 😊.) Anyway, I was in the living room waiting for Heidi, the TV show to start. I had been rereading the book and so looking forward to watching it on TV.

Anyway, the Jets were ahead and we all figured they were going to win. After all, there was only a minute or so left in the game. And the network, I think it was NBC, switched to my show. I was fine with it. I mean, there was only a little time left in the football game anyway. My dad had a conniption fit, I tell you! I could barely hear the start of Heidi, he was so loud.

So then he goes to the radio and finds the broadcast of the football game, and it turns out Oakland beat the Jets! Dad really blew his top. He’s ranting to mom, and Katrina and I are just trying to watch Heidi (which, by the way was SOOOO good. Did you see it?) and then he goes to the phone book, finds the TV station and calls LONG DISTANCE, KSTP. He’s like screaming at the poor person at the other end.

After he hangs up, the phone starts ringing off the hook. Dad’s buddies start calling. They are all so angry! To make a long story short, it RUINED Heidi, because then Dad started flipping to the other two channels to see if he could find out how the game ended, which of course interrupted our show, and the whole house blew up.

I’m in my room now because dad sent us (Katrina and me) to our room without seeing the end of Heidi. I could hear him and Mom fighting about sending us to our room, and then I heard Mom slam their bedroom door, so now she’s in her bedroom, too.

All over a stupid football game! So none of us got to see the end of our shows—Dad didn’t see the end of the Raiders-Jets game, and we didn’t see the end of Heidi.

But I will say it was all exciting!

Gotta go, I hear Dad’s footsteps on the stairs!

Love,

Irene

One thought on “The Heidi Game changed football broadcasting forever

  1. patriciamaltz says:

    FUNNY!!

    On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 6:29 AM ELAINE KOYAMA WRITES wrote:

    > elainekoyamawrites posted: ” November 17, 1968Dear Marjorie, It’s late on > a Sunday night, but I had to write to tell you what happened. We were all > sitting around the TV tonight watching the New York Jets play football. I > think they were playing the Oakland Raiders, but I don’t p” >

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