Did you see the Renee Richards "ESPN Films" special?

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  1. 8F93W5

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    I think it must have been discussed here, but I didn't see it in my search.
    What did you think of ESPN Films "Renee"?
    http://espn.go.com/espn/espnfilms/story/_/id/6961183/renee

    A coworker told me about it. I finally saw it when I searched "on demand"
    (Comcast)

    I really enjoyed it but at times it was depressing.
     
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    In the 80s I briefly dated an ophthalmology resident from New York Eye and Ear Hospital. Her locker in the women's surgical locker room was right next to that of Renee Richards. More to follow..........
     
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    Didnt see it and have no desire to see it either.

    A lot of hoopla about nada imo.
     
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    Years ago, I spotted a used Wilson T-3000 racquet for sale in a Berkeley tennis shop. Richards was a Berkeley resident then. I was interested in buying it, but when I was told who its former owner was, I said, "Uh, I'll think about it." (I'm pretty sure it's still there.)
     
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    ^^ transsexualism has never been shown to be contagious. (whether it should be considered a delusion is a less certain matter.)
     
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    I got a Wilson T-2000 instead. How Jimmy Connors ever became one of the greatest returners in tennis with this racquet is beyond me. It has a tiny head, and a tiny sweetspot. (Later, Connors said, "I should of changed to a midsize years ago. I could of won alot more tournaments.")
     
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    It's so uniteresting to you but you had to check out this thread instead of the other 300 from the last 24 hours.
     
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    Wow! What an amazing background. I remember when Renee Richards played on the womens tour. I didn't hear or read much if anything about her background at the time. This documentary stands as monument to the woeful incompetence of the media coverage of Renee Richards at the time she played competitively.
     
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    For the most part very well done by ESPN as those things generally are. I remember her vaguely when I was a kid. I was not into tennis then as much as I am now. Very, very interesting story then and now. Very, very interesting life. He was quite the man and she was/is quite the woman. Imagine feeling so strongly about something to make THAT decision. I have a tough time deciding what to wear at night let alone deciding something so life altering, and then to watch it play out in a spot lite for herself as well as for those around her . Makes my life pale in comparison. I am struck now by how she was not unattractive at the time (which I certainly thought then as a kid) and by the courage of her convictions, something I could never have appreciated or comprehended at the time.
     
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