Joel Blumberg of East Meadow, a long-time New York-area sports radio producer, engineer and play-by-play man, as well as a film historian, died Friday at age 64.
He suffered an apparent heart attack on the 3:09 p.m. LIRR train from Babylon to Penn Station, en route to the Heat-Knicks game.
I didn't know Joel well, but I spoke to him on several occasions about New York-area sports and sports media. My condolences to his family.
Here's the weird part:
At 10:36 a.m Friday he sent me an email - his address was "themaltesefalcon" - responding to my list of best boxing movies ever in that morning's newspaper and to my invitation to readers to give me their own favorites.
Here is what he sent:
Loved your list in today's Newsday.
I have a list for you not as contemporary but take this from a film
1) The Harder They Fall--Bogart's last film--still holds up today--based
on the life of Primo Carnera
2) Raging Bull
3)Only In America--The Don King Story--Best cable movie ever made
5)The Set Up--1949 Robert Ryan--brilliant story of washed up boxer done
in real time
6) When We Were Kings
8) Million Dollar Baby
10) Body and Soul 1947
Hope all is well
At 5:09 p.m. I responded with a thank you for sending a great list. Too late.