Dan Gable: Well there’s a history here. The
history really is I really didn’t focus on extra-curricular, or extra type of materials
that were going to go out to the wrestling people. It’s unusual, unlikely that this competitor
supreme came out in 1992, 1993, or something like that. I don’t know when it came out exactly,
but it came out during that time because those were the athletes that were being filmed.
When it came out, it’s like I’m still a coach. I had a book by [Human Kinetics 00:55], Human
Kinetics Publishing, Coaching Wrestling Successfully. It’s still there, it’s a good book, it’s a
little outdated. It’s free-style skills, not skills but the rules, otherwise it’s a good
book. But it’s like this company, Human Kinetics Publishing, wanted me to do this for years.
I told them as soon as I get done I’ll do it. So as soon as I stepped down after 97,
I worked hard on it for a year. It probably came out about a year later, even though they
wanted it much earlier. So this Competitor Supreme actually was not
done by me initially. I didn’t go out and try to plan all this. There was a group of
brothers actually, two brothers. One of them was wrestling on the wrestling team, named
[Eric Hennigan 01:47] who was just probably stepping down from wrestling, and he started
a computer company. I invested in that company thinking okay, these guys can go and start
doing some things that maybe would be good for me, but I don’t have to do the work. I
don’t have to do much of the brain work or anything like that.
So these Hennigan brothers actually started the company and I funded that company actually,
which gave them opportunities to buy computers, and do a lot of work, and projects. They actually
followed the Hawkeyes, they did a lot of work, they did a lot of the thoughts, and it turned
out very well. Not just for amateur wrestling, but it turned out very well for somebody wanting
to be entertained, somebody wanting to see a spectacular type of wrestling, good highlights,
somebody wanting to learn important areas of concern, to be good at sport, or wrestling
specifically. These guys had a ton of tape, ton of footage,
and they put it together really well. Funny thing was, it wasn’t just a hit in the wrestling
area, and it just doesn’t get outdated. A lot of the things that were in there are exciting
and a lot of the things for companies, or teams.I believe one of the professional football
teams used to use this segment every week, the coach. Because they were telling me about
it and I would get some input back from them. It was one of these things that I really didn’t
have to take time away from my athletes, or focus on something else instead of focusing
on the athletes, and winning, and being successful in your program. Had a couple kids that were
doing it. Sure it was taking up a little time, but it’s like in my whole career.
My last year of my college career, they followed me around, not this group, a group in graduate
school at ABC Wide World of Sports came back to Iowa State. Two guys and they actually
did a documentary on me called The Champion. Didn’t turn out very good because the ending
was I lost. But it was a good 30 minute video tape. So it’s just like this Competitor Supreme.
Then in my last year also, which is amazing that we had a record performance in ’97, which
it didn’t look like we were going to win. But there was another guy named [David Gould
04:38] who was doing a documentary on me. I was also crippled up. By that I mean I had
a surgery, I was on crutches, so there was a lot of things going on. I told Hennigan,
I told Gould, I told the Champion guy back in ’69 and ’70, I said, I don’t even want
to know you’re there. I don’t even want to know you’re there.
In fact, there was another guy, now that I think about it, that wrote a book on me in
that last year, The Season On The Map. Dan Gable’s Last Season, I can’t even think of
the name of it right now, but [Noal Zaberol 05:25] was the author. I told him, just like
I told the other ones, I don’t even want to see you around. When there’s down time, we
can talk, we can do this, we can do that, but I wanted to focus on my team as much as
I could. What’s funny is, everybody abided by the rules
except Season On The Mat. That was the name of it. I was having to remind him that I don’t
want to see you because he would show up in the front row in my talks at practice. Really
he should have been behind. I think I got him to do that but it took him a while. Took
him a while to understand that my focus is not on this, but I looked, and I actually
kind of looked at Competitor Supreme; had already been successful. I looked at that
movie Champion, it was pretty good my last year in college.
So now this book, I want it to be good, so things have worked out. What’s funny is there’s
only been one major setback, and that one really didn’t happen. That was my loss with
[Owings 06:37] in 1970. It wasn’t like the guy was bothering me during that event, or
up to that time, they just caught me nonchalant wise. They were just there, they stood by
themselves. It didn’t come out right, but that’s not what really got to me.
Maybe it could have been part of it because I end up doing a lot of interviews during
those three days. During those three days the interviews were by ABC’s Wide World of
Sport mostly. Some of the things that were the festivities of the event in my senior
year in college. Maybe I got too used to doing some of this stuff away from the real important
area. So I got accustomed to being interviewed more so maybe I didn’t know when enough was
enough. I should tend to focus on detail so that’s maybe one of the reasons I got beat.