CT’s Dick Ebersol biography covers the ups and downs of 40 years on TV

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Torrington native Duncan “Dick” Ebersol changed the face of television, being credited as a driving force behind shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Sunday Night Football.” Ebersol, while president of NBC Sports, acquired the rights for the network to be the first to host the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Summer Olympics in the same year.

Ebersol recently immortalized his four-decade television career with the release of his autobiography, “From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears, and Touchdowns in TV.” The book, which was published last week, delves into Ebersol’s career as he built a media empire that still stands today. Ebersol’s “Sunday Night Football” remains the number one series in primetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book contains stories from all corners of Ebersol’s life, as well as commentary on the evolution of cable television. Ebersol also tells stories with some of his famous friends, including Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno and Peyton Manning.

“I’ve loved all things sports for as long as I can remember, and my work has taken me to stadiums, arenas, race tracks and golf courses around the world,” an excerpt from the book reads. “At one point in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton said to me very candidly, ‘You have the best job in the world,’ it was hard for me to argue with him.”

“From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears, and Touchdowns in TV” also delves into the impact the loss of Ebersol’s son had on him. Edward “Teddy” Ebersol died in a 2004 plane crash in the southwestern Colorado community of Montrose. Dick Ebersol and Teddy’s older brother, Charles, survived the crash. Teddy Ebersol was 14 years old and a student at The Gunnery (now The Frederick Gunn School) in Washington, Conn.

“I’m a lucky guy, very lucky. Throughout my career, I met this incredible woman who after 40 years of being married is still the centerpiece of my life. We have great children,” Ebersol said in an interview with the Washington Post. “We had a horrible, dark, tragic day in our lives, but Teddy still lives in our hearts.”

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