The American Sportsman may live again

While rumors about the "Sportsman's" return swirl, a look back at what made the original series so special.

Updated: February 5, 2002, 6:16 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
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When I heard recently that the folks at ESPN were considering the return of The American Sportsman series to television, I started remembering how the old version began in the 1960s. Back then, a handful at ABC had nothing but an idea. There were no national outdoor shows at the time.

We were armed with nothing more than lightweight (16.5-pound) film cameras and new wave tape recorders and a conviction that people sitting in living rooms on winter Sunday afternoons would be interested in ...

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