The stage is set, with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. One of them will be the NFL’s 2023 champion. But neither will match the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

On Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm, longtime ESPN reporter and E60 host Jeremy Schaap will return to The Westport Library to screen his new filmThe Perfect Machine, a look back at the ’72 Dolphins, who a half-century ago won Super Bowl VII to complete the only undefeated season in NFL history.

Schaap, an 11-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a sports reporter and investigative journalist, will also host a talk after the screening, to be held in the Library’s Trefz Forum.

Those interested in attending can reserve their seats here. The event is free of charge to all patrons.

“We're thrilled to present this special screening of The Perfect Machine, about the only undefeated team ever in the NFL,” Schaap said. “More than a great team, the 1972 Dolphins were also a collection of great personalities — and director Dan Lindberg captured the essence of it all.”

The Perfect Machine is an E60 production featuring live footage of the 1972 season mixed with live interviews. In all, Schaap spoke with 16 living members of the team as well as a number of NFL luminaries, a group that included Pro Football Hall of Famers Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Bob Griese, and Joe Namath.

“To this day, the 1972 Dolphins remain one of the most famous teams in sports history,” said Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director. “To have Jeremy back at the Library to share their story with our patrons, and just days before Super Bowl LVII, is an awesome experience for anyone who follows football and everyone who loves sports and great storytelling.”

Those looking to learn more about the Super Bowl can check out the Library’s newest reference guide covering the game and its history.

Longtime ESPN reporter and E60 host Jeremy Schaap will be at The Westport Library on Monday, December 12, from 7 to 9 pm, to screen his new film, The Survivor, an ESPN-produced documentary that looks back at the 1972 Munich Massacre, when terrorists murdered 11 Israeli sportsmen at the Summer Olympics.

Schaap, an 11-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a sports reporter and investigative journalist, also will host a talk after the screening, to be held in the Library’s Trefz Forum.

“We are delighted to have Jeremy at the Library to show and discuss this important film,” said Bill Harmer, executive director at The Westport Library. “Jeremy is one of the finest reporters of his generation. He has covered some of the most pressing issues in sport and society with incredible depth and nuance. I’m so looking forward to his presentation, as I’m sure so many in our community are.”

Schaap traveled to Israel and Germany to tell the story through the eyes of 86-year-old Israeli race walker Shaul Ladany, who survived the massacre, as he had World War II and the Holocaust when he was a child.

“In his long life, Shaul Ladany has seen up close the worst of humanity,” said Schaap. “Not only has he survived, he has pressed forward, constantly, to lead a life of achievement. The lessons of his life are valuable to us all. I was honored to be part of the team that told the story of what he endured and what he witnessed. Ladany’s story is not so well-known here in the United States — but it should be.”

The Munich Massacre was the first terrorist attack broadcast live on television around the world. The Survivor breaks down the tragedy through archival video and news reports, along with new interviews and reporting. In addition to Ladany, others interviewed for The Survivor include Zelig Shtroch, Ladany’s roommate and a shooter on the Israeli Olympic team; Shlomo Levy, an Israeli photojournalist who was embedded with the team in Munich; and Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.

The Survivor was produced and directed by Frank Saraceno, with Schaap serving as the lead reporter and narrator.

Click here to register for the December 12 event.

20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4800

Library Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 6PM
9AM – 5PM
1PM-5PM

Café Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM - 4:30PM
1PM - 4:30PM

Subscribe to our eNews

© 2023 The Westport Library  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram