Legendary video guru dies in Dallas

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    Legendary video guru dies in Dallas
    From Staff Reports March 01, 2007
    DALLAS - Former Clarksdale resident and CHS graduate Bobby Friedman died over the weekend at age 81. Friedman was buried here Sunday at Hillcrest Memorial Park a day after passing away.

    Friedman, who was an uncle to Clarksdale businessman Richard Weiss, earned his early fame with his camera and outstanding portraits.
    "He was very influential in the coaching film industry," said youngest son Harry Friedman. "He was unquestionably the best coaching photographer in the professional football business."
    Friedman began to make his mark by filming Ole Miss football back during the 1950s and 1960s.
    Friedman, who teamed with Rebel sportscaster Stan Torgenson, would film the Ole Miss games, rush back to his garage at his Herrin Street address and edit the games for Channel 13, WHBQ-TV the following Sunday.
    Friedman captured the games in 16 mm film and began processing the film when he arrived back home. He would separate the game into offensive, defensive and special teams plays and helped change forever, the way coaches viewed the replays.
    It was in 1960 that Friedman also began to shoot for the Dallas Cowboys and, in 1971, the organization hired him full time as director of photography.
    "We lived by the film. That was the best instrument we had," said Jim Myers, a former Cowboys coach.
    Friedman was nicknamed "Foto" by players and coaches alike. Besides working fulltime with the Cowboys, he also shot games for NFL Films and the Cotton Bowl committee.
    Friedman retired in 1989 when Jerry Jones took over and the Cowboys organization and spent much of his leisure time reading, fishing and sailing.
    Friedman was active in the Tom Landry Golf Tournament, the John Fracy Clinic and Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound.
    In addition to his son Harry Friedman, he is survived by his wife Joyce Friedman of Dallas; sons Mitchell Friedman of Lake Forest, Ill., Mark Friedman of Forney, Tex., and Max Friedman of El Segundo, California; daughter Marilyn Kelson of Austin, Tex.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Donations can be made to the John Tracy Clinic, which supports hearing-impaired children at 806 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

    ©Clarksdale Press Register 2007

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