Thursday, February 2, 2012

Harold Rogovin and the Vince Lombardi Trophy

When Harold and Carol and the kids left New York City for New Jersey, it was a day of mourning for me.

Even without a car, we did go and visit them many times... They were first in Flemington, I think, and then in Califon....

During one visit, Harold held up something he was working on or had recently finished.

It was a Super Bowl. The actual Vince Lombardi Trophy. I remember how it shone brilliantly from across the room. Not being a football fan then (or now), it did not really impress me more than his chandeliers, and bedposts, jewelry and bowls, etc.
Harold was a tremendous metalsmith and artist.

I am wondering which year that was, and have the vague hope that someone who knows will chance upon this note. Speaking to Celia, she confirmed that it was not a joke on his part...She suggested 1978 or 1979.

Annotated on thursday after the 2012 Superb Owl, I hear via the Rogovin family: The Trophy Harold made was in 1981 and went to the San Francisco 49ers....

What does the Super Bowl trophy look like?

In 1967, Tiffany & Co. former vice president Oscar Riedner made a sketch for the design of the Super Bowl trophy and showed it to Pete Rozelle, who was then the commissioner of the NFL. Since then, the Super Bowl trophy has been handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. in Parsippany, New Jersey. The trophy weighs seven pounds and is 23 inches tall. It takes four months and 72 hours for the trophy to be finished. It is made completely out of sterling silver and the artists that construct the Vince Lombardi Trophy specialize in chasing, polishing, hand engraving, silversmithing, and spinning. The trophy has a stand with three concave sides. On top of the stand is a regulation-sized football that is in kicking position. Engraved on the trophy are the words "Vince Lombardi Trophy," the roman numerals corresponding to that year's Super Bowl, and the logo of the NFL. Details such as the winning team's name and score are engraved after the presentation of the trophy.

The description above is from this site.

Was Marsha Z. West a football fan ? If yes, I imagine her rooting for the Giants.

I understand that Rhett Jones was definitely a football fan, and rooted for the Patriots, despite his Illinois background...

and I have not the slightest idea whether Grace Paley paid any attention to football....

I can picture her responding to any right wing/religious commercials against health care for all..

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