How Arthur Ashe Paved The Way For Political Athletes
a 1-hr discussion on NPR’s A1
Raymond Arsenault Historian; author, “Arthur Ashe: A Life”
Rex Miller Documentary creator and producer, “Ashe ‘68 Virtual Reality Experience”
Caitlin Thompson Publisher and co-founder of Racquet magazine, an independent quarterly about tennis; @caitlin_thomps
Charlie Pasarell Best friend of Arthur Ashe; former tennis player for Puerto Rico; a founder, National Junior Tennis League
CBSNewYork. (2018, September 9).
The New York Times: What’s New, and What’s Free, at the 2018 U.S. Open; A Louis Armstrong Stadium with a roof, a serve clock, Hawk-Eye on every court and a plethora of free events are among the features as the tournament celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Makers Of The Ashe '68 Documentary Project On Arthur Ashe's Legacy
Thirty Love: Conversations About Tennis by Carl Bialik on Apple (podcast)
Released 07 September 2018
Four of the people behind the Ashe '68 documentary project—creator and producer Rex Miller, co-documentary director Woody Richman, VR director Brad Lichtenstein, and exhibition producer and designer Bill Sullivan—join Thirty Love host Carl Bialik from the US Open to talk about Ashe's legacy, finding footage of the 1968 US Open champ, and re-creating the Forest Hills setting for Ashe's championship match on the 2018 US Open grounds.
Music by Lee Rosevere.
by Lloyd Carroll
All those attending this year’s US Open should make it their business to catch the Ashe’68 VR Experience at the Chase Indoor Pavilion. By putting on a virtual reality headset you are transported to the US Open’s original home, the West Side Tennis Club, where Arthur Ashe has just defeated Tom Okker to win the very first US Open in 1968.
Director (Brad Lichtenstein) has carefully blended original footage of Ashe being interviewed by the likes of Howard Cosell,… with reenactments that were staged recently at the West Side Tennis Club. Rising American tennis player Chris Eubanks portrays the then 25 year-old Arthur Ashe.
While at the exhibit be sure to pay attention the blown-up black & white photos on the walls. My favorite is that of Ashe talking to a teen attendant in the cramped West Side Tennis Club locker room who is wearing a Forest Hills High School gym t-shirt.
“One playfully shared a story of how Ashe ﬂirted with her when he was 14 and she was 16. Another reported that her cousin is married to Ashe’s brother.”
“It did a neat job in seven minutes of covering his rise and how he found his voice.” She is pleased that a longer documentary about Ashe will premier in 2019.
"Ashe '68 Virtual Reality Experience" was part of a multicomponent documentary project on Ashe at the U.S. Open.
CBS New York: Exhibit At US Open Highlights Legacy Of Arthur Ashe; From the tennis court to civil rights, Arthur Ashe's impact on America remains a strong force 50 years after his US Open win. CBS2's Maurice DuBois reports.
The Undefeated: Arthur Ashe always had the leadership to change the world, and his historic 1968 US Open title finally provided the platform; Johnnie Ashe: ‘I said, ‘You did it, bruh.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m a champion. Now, people will listen to me.’