GMA LIVE! (4.15.14)

Lara talks to Doug Wilson of "ABC's Wide World of Sports" about his new memoir "The World was Our Stage."
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Get ready for some GMA live it all starts now. Live backstage at GM -- Yeah. 1 -- CNN live -- I went back he probably just stop you're watching the show that she did a wonderful performance but didn't cast from Nathaniel a -- and amazing sneak -- At the new show on -- right and I have another. Amazing sneak peek in the wonderful Doug Wilson aides -- -- and. I think -- isn't totally recognizable I want he is seen as this is really means and where this is is an honor. And I'm sorry Denise you need something. But he's still asking for food yes -- -- -- Denise in the control them but I read -- -- -- -- -- they really get on that but I just really needs you celebrate Doug Wilson Doug Wilson. -- won't look at the -- I wrote a beautiful in trouble -- -- -- -- So. Excited I -- CNN -- -- yeah. There wasn't quite wide world of sports agencies like good sports the first sports television program of -- making history watching him. Thousands of -- Doug Wilson Youman was part of at all as one of the most prolific to producers and directors here at ABC for a isn't really coming years. Well I was I was with ABC for fifty years unbelievable and then -- with the sports 45. And fifty years of incredible stories are -- to right here he has written -- new memoir is called the world was our stage everybody. Please welcome a very dear and special friend of mine and my family's mr. Doug will -- who knows. Every. Yeah got talent -- collect analyze and I can say to you gave me my first break in the TV business -- I won't be there hello Carolyn. I just Muslims -- my mom I'm sure your mom's watching can you believe that city and that's I can't believe nothing here nothing I don't want to honor it is for me. I I asked you for college advice -- advice at a college. And the reason is because of your experience and Robin just was the was doing were not -- when she saw you as well I want to get some of that. I don't know the iconic moment that we all remember in sports such as the phrase the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat that force he John Jumper who didn't have a great day. I I'm not paying -- bringing the signature. -- as. All I can remember watching that every single time ago ABC -- -- was on know about that well. First of all there's a little TV trivia I can share -- you do you know who produced the original telecasts in 1970 of that of that I hope -- And then he'll be given that friends I think it was a scary and go Bogota his Yugoslavia's and Slovakia guy. And he he was. Iconic but didn't know he was famous in the united said he had no idea that he had the general idea -- kids twentieth anniversary show libel sports we invited Dennis -- Michael -- there. We invited him to come in the streets and stay in the -- He was he was a forklift operator -- president fireworks yeah. He came and he was sitting in Oscars the famous coffee shop and improve the Waldorf. And he was speaking to his interpreter several Croatian and the waiters came by and -- more several voice and they heard the language. They stopped of course they'll hear very often and the inks and when they found out who he who put his -- with -- restaurant that he's at the -- he's the agony of defeat he's the. Negative I don't know -- I don't know what it is such an idea -- -- and and an even Muhammad Ali you write about -- -- for his autograph we went upstairs after that moment to the ballroom this chaos going on we're setting up for the big event that night you know. And this sport -- his plan and I said tonight. Vehicle and its many of the greatest athletes of the century -- good to be in this historic route. When they find out you're here they're -- rise as one and give -- the standing -- Anything he said I felt. -- I felt. They did they did that for about a minute and a half the people were on their feet he just said this -- -- in -- black tie event in the ski jumper and a black tie. And and ended before the evening was out. Mohammed Ali came over to his table and Mohammed as they go from being a photograph. You know I look at that -- -- -- As. Only -- me. Because this because it's something people saw millions of hundreds of hundred times when two people. But they did they'd never really so on because if they did they -- seen that it could have been many horrible accident. He would have been inappropriate than to -- week after week is yet. -- I think Brian has a freeze frame of it up there. And it CEO our future again. -- Excuse me -- -- someone -- let's say kids at. Haven't -- any rate there's there's busy. An official that ducked in this he was coming across. Yeah yeah had a -- do would've been -- horrible. I want to talk about some of the stories that you -- about you are emotional and I remember you for your beautiful. Worked with ice skating I mean it was like a symphony to watch the show is that you directed and we're talking the great start. You name the events. And you were there and probably the one making it happen well it's. This very nice to do you know our our approach toward world was not that we -- going out to just just to report who won and lost a contest. Our job was to take the people to the -- have them feel like they've experienced what it was like. To be in Moscow to be in Beijing to be in Duluth where from for Oakland Seattle and then we felt that these. Our approach was a human drama. We felt that. The only difference between what was going on -- -- Broadway stage of what was going on. In the -- Giants Stadium with Michael Vick was that a giants' did on stage the -- already been written for the drama. It was our job in the stadium to follow the plot lines -- -- direction of -- and it really wasn't a Broadway Show and so we were in the sports theater business we have. And so. And what is -- -- it's me now others Aaliyah now it's too late Alex and let you live ABC and ABC -- weather sports really was. Visit the first and thanks to your boss for 25 years the one and only -- knowledge room. Right of course I never had the pleasure of meeting handlers but he's legendary. He don't know and he ran. Paid these days when I'm sitting here with you now blog and your -- and I are my true I think George -- in two. I -- -- -- and Iran and constantly lobby they do obscure his he was in -- as well. But -- -- stories about him and what a character he well room oh yeah we'll just give you one little -- sort of silly things at cocktail parties. He always carried two glasses. Why did you carry two glasses who might this be carried two glasses because if someone stopped and that he didn't want to talk -- He could then say -- so I can't talk you know I have to someone's waiting for -- It's actually -- us. -- actually -- everybody's what that is just one of the great stories in the book it is called. The world was our stage and Arthur -- not a call -- she. You name it. You talk about -- Howard Cosell if -- a sports fan. Can you do need to read this book I just want to. Indulge me if you -- up in the control room what I said earlier that you were a family friend -- dog and -- to -- my dear dad. Went to high school together and my mom as well. Ownership and continues through can they have and this is -- a year -- seen this picture but you have never seen what he's sign next to. Middle -- is my father you know I can I tell the eyes and and then there's an inscription from my daddy has to do -- Those -- record can't really grew over I think he said. I've never had a better -- He did was enter her dad was ugly. I'm really great guy great guy we -- that he signed yesterday on good morning in my -- -- don't know what that's what I dream is for this moment because I want to tell people at first however mention go for a okay. You know because of because you know about this lady. You'll also know because I think last September you didn't you did a little peace on my diet that you were a great athletes. And any woman who now can Wear the same Speedo that she wore. Few decades ago years ago via tears -- is extraordinary right to begin with the but anyway -- -- was covering the national diving championships. And I came out of the truck and down the hill came my old friend Caroline. My mom put her mom and this nice young lady next to her and she introduces her daughter -- Lara indicates that she'd like to go -- -- television. And I come and talk to you of course. About two months later a -- graduated. Folks on monetary. Through the door in my office comes this. You'll draw gorgeous beautiful recent graduate with a blond hair coming over her shoulders. And I'll never forget it a sort of a powder blues stunning. Dress she sits down in my desk and she says. Do you think I can go until fish business. Happy well now -- want to say this you don't know this but I had always discourage people of today. And and because it and it's tough with -- tough business and and but I -- three things I thought first of all. The camera is going to love her. Secondly any young woman who has that she didn't she didn't dive off a little one meter little. Board or that he mistreated -- she was going to the platform. Which is like jumping off a three story building. Into what looks like a postage stamp they -- down below the almighty God's name now and always picking camera positions I couldn't even get to the -- to look down that was so -- now I can't -- so I thought if she has the guts to do that she has the guts to go in this business. And then. In the -- on top of that if she is the dedication and to be in the top ten in the country. Then you have what it takes to do it. I'll hang out rarity here at this moment like she then asked -- what do I have to do and I simply plugged into the local station cannot easily be kind and -- -- yes and this is I want to say and I was well I can't you don't know how I commend the around about two weeks later. The phone rings I pick up the phone and she's calling me from the page locker room than -- -- to tell me. That she started in the business the same way. -- Not -- opinion I'm so -- America. Okay well -- backstage at one and only god loves them and give the web site. Other web site is Doug Wilson ABC sports dot com I don't -- today ABC -- -- got mad. -- -- -- Happy thinking maybe I got the cats that the second half of that it's so let's not -- -- -- human CEOs. You -- now we have some barbecue he likes some moral yeah. Arts and I haven't been doing hungry this morning have been low keyed up. Yeah that will double the -- that emirates -- -- -- -- so Virgil that you have not had a real barbecue and there chef -- Mormon Corbin excuse me. Addison -- -- McCain and can I tell you. Talk to -- did the -- yet they smell I don't -- the entire place up forty years here about I don't know 300 feet from you guys we're in the neighbors we've been here for twenty years. In Times Square and to celebrate that we put at a cookbook and burdened real barbecue -- their barbecue road trip cookbook. It's got three -- 35 pages it's 95 recipes in this is one of the most popular and it is barbecued smoke wings and it blew a three step process -- jump into. I go for a cannot do it can I am I'll just make sure that their safety but everybody -- that I want -- -- -- Henry Aaron. First thing we -- make a little bit. Marinate and -- -- regular wings with the -- we just don't use anything regular he's our big wings were talking about quarter pounders for these to a town. So it's just the -- -- -- disputed -- met -- confiscated -- little part of middle that I don't even know that -- called but. It's like a very hard yeah it's it's -- -- though we're gonna just. -- -- Right we won't we won't holding them back -- this is a little hole butter mixed with some -- oil and that makes it really stick to the -- we have a little garlic. Currently have a little onion powder we have a hot sake newsroom cuts -- to -- Any -- and hot sauce and we just makes it up. Yeah right and -- you are right ahead of them off with someone mixing it it's just comes -- and we want to know what does make great barbecue faces. Not so great barbecue you know it is than the sum of the parts. Everything in here les. We think about we forgot what the balances how much despite the foot and come after the couldn't you not a fan of the old left wing -- no pun intended you. I really didn't. I guess at this point barbecue is like such a scientist so much about -- -- -- wings aren't and it's really really control. So these will go and we just didn't -- these things and here. -- -- -- -- And this is the -- -- and we're not coming out and put an over -- these wings that marinate for where do you can hold this attack. And these wings then go and to our review and -- that -- -- And we marinate these for two days two days to come over here -- That -- that. Anything here any effort to yeah yeah. Jack and it created a lot of Virgil what we -- put him in a fourteen on smokers heavy see much and had 250. Degrees for about three and a half hours. UK and then what we end up having is these wings EC over here we put on the grill we're gonna bring them up and then -- Chris be. And -- texture to them and we're gonna do is gonna come over and here after 300. Three hours -- the two hour minute to charities tricky thing yeah yeah exactly where it referred to get thank you had written something if it's good you have to report. At least -- a little bit a soft on and you can see in front of here within the sauces butter of course there's some -- start to keep it all together some more heat and limited vinegar. We toss those wings in here. For more and hear -- with problems in the field trip poverty -- exactly. -- Denise write this today and then I think that's sure. I'm we can't it's no problem I think here name and address on his words -- it is. Literally our neighbor here for running America we use it as our troops home -- from home. We're not -- the food and check out the cup but here it is everybody celebrating its leaders warning here's your energy there you go -- thank you all for being with us we appreciate everybody want -- around applies. Yeah. -- --

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