My Interview with Bob Costas

Sportscaster Bob Costas


In early 2001, I received an assignment from Minnesota Monthly magazine: Interview famous people and ask what they like about Minnesota. It was a fun story to work on! Here is my audio interview with Bob Costas and the resulting story that was printed in the May 2001 issue. The interview went very well, other than him calling me Bill instead of Phil!

Click on the audio player below to listen to my four-minute interview with Bob Costas.








This illustration of Bob Costas holding Baby Kirby appeared alongside his story

Costas has covered sports for NBC since 1980. “On The Record with Bob Costas,” a weekly show, premiered in February on HBO.

Some people may think of Minnesota as just Minneapolis and a bunch of snow, but the summers in Minneapolis are a treat. Go out on the lakes in the summertime, and it’s about as pleasant as can be. During spring training in 1986, I was having lunch with Kirby [Puckett] and Tonya, who was then his fiancee. My wife was pregnant, and he asked if we had a name picked out. We said we didn’t. Then he asked if we knew if it was going to be a boy or a girl, and we said we weren’t planning to know that until the birth. He said, “Well, how about ‘Kirby’? That works for a boy or a girl!” I jokingly said, “I’ll tell you what. If you’re hitting .350 by the time this baby is born, we’ll name him or her after you.” As it turns out, he was hitting .372. My wife wouldn’t really go for Kirby; she had her heart set on Keith, which is her younger brother’s name. So we went with two middle names, and Kirby became the second middle name. But that is his legal, honest-to-gosh name: Keith Michael Kirby Costas.




MY POSTS FEATURING MY MINNESOTA MONTHLY AUDIO INTERVIEWS

MY INTERVIEW WITH BOB COSTAS

MY INTERVIEW WITH AL JARREAU

MY INTERVIEW WITH DOC SEVERINSEN

MY INTERVIEW WITH TOMMY SMOTHERS

MY INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK STEWART





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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA

Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?

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