Saturday, February 09, 2008

Dick Cavett Remembers Bobby

The great American talk show host Dick Cavett today describes the Bobby Fischer he got to know through several interviews in his touching and fond remembrance "Was It Only a Game?" (The New York Times, February 9, 2008 -- also at his blog). As he suggests, there were many sides to Bobby Fischer (as many as you can see on YouTube), but Cavett's famously friendly interview style brought out the very best in the man, as we see in the charming clip he includes. Add it to the list of warmer remembrances of Bobby, which include Kasparov's "The Chessman" and Hans Ree's "At the Kibbutz with Bobby" (temporary HTML version here). If we see a few more pieces like this, it may well be the Fischer of '72 that lives longest in our cultural memory.

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