Die Mannequin: Canadian
“Autumn Cannibalist”; ‘How To Kill’ [Digital EP] (2006)
Canadians think sporting events are so nice we like to watch them twice. And three times. And maybe four in a row. Then sixteen times from every conceivable angle. Okay nineteen is too much. Slowed down. In reverse. Frame by single frame.
And now, thanks to a Canadian named George Retzlaff, the whole world can enjoy Instant Replay. George invented Instant Replay back in 1955 while working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) “Hockey Night In Canada” (HNIC). George used a new “hot processor” technique to develop a kinescope (film) recording of a goal which was then rebroadcast within thirty seconds for “instant” replay.
Every sport played on this earth today — except maybe the “Afghanistan Professional Buzkashi League” — uses George’s Instant Replay in some form.
George was born in Kiel, Germany and moved to Saskatchewan when he was six. In 1953, at the tender age of 30 — and just a few months after CBC started broadcasting — he became head of CBC Sports and producer of HNIC.
He produced and directed HNIC for aboot 20 years and devised many of the techniques and camera angles still used in most televised sporting events around the world today. In 1973, George became the original recipient of hockey’s Foster Hewitt Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting. He retired from the CBC in 1984. George died August 5, 2003, survived by seven children from his two marriages, 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.