Q&A: Al Meltzer

The former sports director at Comcast SportsNet offers his wisdom.

Al MeltzerAl Meltzer, 82, Newtown Square
Former sports director at Comcast SportsNet

» Book on his nightstand: I just finished The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle by Robert Morgan. It’s a biography of the first man to fly a B-17 in 25 missions over Germany in World War II.

» iPod artist on repeat: I don’t have an iPod, but I listen to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. I also really like Harry Connick Jr.’s stuff because it reminds me of my youth.

» Restaurant of the hour: For lunch, it’s Casey’s in Newtown Square. For dinner, it’s Seasons 52 in King of Prussia.

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» Personal hero: My oldest brother was the beacon in my life. He was 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and played tackle. He signed a contract with the Detroit Lions in 1941, and a month later received a notice to join the Army. He never got to play.

» One thing he knows for sure: When you start out in life, you think you’re going to do something—but don’t count on it. I wanted to be a dentist. But then, after time served in the Korean War, I got out of the Air Force too late to go to dental school. That’s when I got into doing TV.

» Very own vici: Last year, when I got the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors’ Award. I consider that to be one of the big moments.

» Zen destination: It used to be the golf course, but now it’s my favorite chair in the living room while watching my 52-inch TV.

» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Hit golf balls.

» Life view: chance or fate? Chance.

» Pet peeve: If you watch the local news today, the first part of it is mayhem from Philly, then weather stories. Then, by the very end of the show, when time is running out, there are just a few minutes left for sports.

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