The One, The Only, Bart Fox!



Have you seen that guy walking from Highland Park to Glencoe with a huge smile and a yoga mat strapped to his back? That’s Reach’s very own Bart Fox! There’s so much more than meets the eye with this guy….the best part?  His many nicknames & daily mantra. Read on for the goods!

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1. Nickname/s?

I’ve had 3 nicknames over the years. In high school some called me “Scoop” because I wrote for the school newspaper. My college friends added a French accent on the end of my name and called me Barte (bartay). Now the guys I work with call me Foxy.

2. Favorite book?

My favorite book is Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.  Some people raise an eyebrow when I mention that but I believe, while compromise is vital in many ways, the most pure vision comes from the individual.

3. Favorite Food?

I have too many favorite foods to list just one…  but if I have to list one I’d say sushi.  I think I could eat it every day.

4. Favorite place to visit?

My favorite place to visit is Wrigley Field… and Italy!

5. What was your first job?

One of my first jobs was as a cable puller and runner on ESPN golf tournaments.  I was newly out of college with a degree in journalism and due to the recession I couldn’t get hired by any networks / tv stations / production companies.  The only thing I could get hooked up with was ESPN when they came to Indianapolis for a golf tournament.  I arrived at 8am on Tuesday morning and a technician put a 500-foot coil of thick cable on my shoulder and told me to walk up the fairway and let the cable out as I walked.  At the end of 500 feet there was a guy with another 500-foot coil.  He connected the 2nd to the 1st, put the 2nd on my shoulder, and told me to keep walking.  Several of us set up the whole course with camera and audio cables, and did other manual labor.  I had no idea what this would lead to but apparently I was pretty good at laying cables so I was invited to the tournament the next week in Moline, Illinois.  I wound up driving around the country with a few other guys from tournament to tournament.  It was total manual labor, a lot of fun and made great connections.  I learned the technical side of sports TV by doing this.  I gradually got many breaks along the way and over many years weaved my way into producing the live broadcast of sports events on TV for ESPN, the Big Ten Network and other networks.  I always look back on those days as a cable puller and runner as an invaluable introduction.  And almost 30 years later I still see some of the same guys around the country that I met at that first tournament.  Over the years I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the biggest announcers in sports television and hugely talented production folks.  A great ride…

A couple weeks ago a newspaper writer was embedded with our college football crew for a couple days as we prepared for the Michigan – Rutgers game.  If you’re interested here’s the link to his report.
https://www.nj.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/37c8995dbf36/behind-the-scenes-as-the-big-t.html

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6. Best advice ever given?

The best advice I was ever given was to just say thank you when given a compliment.  I tended to be self-deprecating and had a hard time taking a compliment.  A guy I worked for took me aside one day and said I’d be better served just saying thank you.  Great advice that I’ve tried to implement.

7. Best advice to give?

The best advice I give is to students that I speak with.  I tell them that it’s certainly ok to finish school without knowing how they’re going to conquer the world.  I find that kids are pressured to figure out their life’s journey by the end of college.  But the reality is that most people work in a field different from what they studied.  So why get narrowly focused and stressed out about it?

8. How do you bring the practice of yoga into your everyday life?

As a TV producer on live sports events (mainly college football and college basketball) it’s easy to see the benefits of yoga.  When we are live on the air the atmosphere floats from controlled mayhem to absolute mayhem.  I really love the highly intense environment and I’ve learned through yoga how to breathe through chaos. It provides a calming influence. Pam Gross uses an expression in her class that has helped put a name to a concept I’ve always used but never had a name for.  Pam says to “embrace the wobble – and make a pattern with it”.  The first time I heard her say that I instantly knew that’s what I do in my professional life.  The challenges of traveling the country to produce games on live TV are intense and “embracing the wobble” is essential.

One other way yoga helps…  many times when I fly home from a game I take the first flight of the day so I can get home in time for the 9:30am class at Reach.  When I have that really tired look it’s usually because I flew home in time to grab my mat and head to Reach.  Whereas the night before I was involved in a really intense work environment, when I get home and make it to Reach the calm is restored.  How’s that for the yin and yang?

 

9. Favorite Pose?

My favorite pose is triangle on my right side.  For some reason I feel like I’m able to rotate my right side through to the max without getting to the point where I’d fall.  Left side…  not so much…

10. Favorite mantra?

“Embrace the wobble” is my favorite mantra as I wrote above.  I use it in everything I do.

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