Jonah “Bud” Greenspan—film director, writer and producer—had a love of sports that colored his work and personal life.

Greenspan was born September 18, 1926, in New York City. Raised in a Jewish household, Bud overcame adversity as a young boy, starting with a lisp that might have precluded him from the broadcast career he dreamed of.

In time, however, his speech improved, and he went into the field upon graduation from NYU.

In 1947 he was made sports director at New York’s WMGM, then went on to write sports articles and produce TV commercials.

In the 50’s he worked in documentaries, then pursued filmmaking full time by the 60’s. By 1979 he was making sports features for CBS, while still contributing journalistically to various magazines.

His prolific body of work has been honored time and again—he has a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America and one from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received a Peabody in 1996.

Greenspan was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He died December 25, 2010, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

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