Tom Powell is flanked by hall of famers John Havlicek (left) and Joe DiMaggio. (Courtesy Kevin Powell) Years before cellphones, the old Amusement Business magazine equipped its staffers with cameras and black-and-white film to document their travels to arenas, stadiums, fairs, amusement parks, carnivals and concerts. As part of taking photographs for the trade publication, AB editor Tom Powell enforced a strict rule: Two people were required to be in a picture. It sounds simple, but finding a second person could be difficult at a key moment in time. It could also lead to a potentially embarrassing situation for those having their picture taken. Just ask Bill Lester. Lester, retired executive director of the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, recalled AB’s “two-person” photo rule during the recent Stadium Managers Association seminar in Phoenix. “One year, I was walking out of the stadium after a big event, Super Bowl […]
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