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RIP Chris Economaki

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Uncle.Ruckus, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    He was 91.

  2. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Heard this on Speed Channel today. Always enjoyed his enthusiasm. Clearly was a man doing what he loved to do. RIP.
  3. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    One of the great voices in American sportscasting.
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Having covered a gazillion events at Indianapolis, Economaki seemed eternal, like he emerged from the mortar in Indy's bricks.

    I also recall his voice piercing through the screen back when CBS did the Daytona 500.

  5. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    91?!?!?! Never would have guessed that old.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Abe Vigoda, rinse, repeat.
  7. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    One of my earliest TV memories is him doing the "Timex takes a licking and keeps on ticking" ads with the watch on the outboard engine prop in a tank of water.

    He was also the voice of watching racing with my Dad.

  8. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    It's amazing how long he wrote about racing and announced it. When people do a job for 35 years we're amazed by the longevity. Chris covered racing for nearly 80 years. Wow. RIP Chris. I'm glad I finally got to meet him at Indy a few years ago.
  9. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    I will confess I knew little of his writing career. Truly a loss to motor racing.
  10. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Loved him in "Stroker Ace."

    Seriously, although he had stopped doing NASCAR broadcast when I got into the sport, I knew he was a big name in those circles. Like Mark, I didn't realize he was that old. Definitely lived a full life. RIP.
  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    That was John Cameron Swayze, wasn't it?
  12. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member


    Pretty sure it was Economaki but sometimes childhood memories can be wrong.
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