GREEN BAY (WITI) -- There is a joke that for everyone who claims to have been at Lambeau Field for the 1967 "Ice Bowl," the stadium would have had to hold a million people. In reality, a little more than 50,000 braved the cold to watch the Packers take on the Dallas Cowboys. One man can prove he was there, because he was working for FOX6!
Bruce Nason's victories can be seen in the basement of his home.
The now retired long-time Channel 6 photojournalist has covered everything from presidential races to the Blue Angels. One of his toughest assignments was a trip to Lambeau Field.
"December 31st, 1967. Roof photographer. I was there," Nason said.
While his press pass says "roof," Nason actually found himself on the field for the championship game between Vince Lombardi's Packers and Tom Landry's Cowboys.
The kickoff temperature? -15!
"I have to admit, I really wasn`t dressed for it," Nason said.
For TV6, the game was a two-camera shoot -- one camera in the press box, and Nason was in charge of low-level shots. The only problem was, his camera didn't work!
"It was just so brutally cold, I was unable to load the film," Nason said.
The suddenly brittle film refused to cooperate. By the second half, all Nason could do was watch.
"So basically the famous scoring play with Bart Starr going over the tackle, I basically just watched it from the endzone," Nason said.
Nason had a front seat to watch the Packers win the Ice Bowl.
"Time has made that game a lot more important than everybody thought it was at the time," Nason said.
It's the kind of experience this retired professional admits he doesn't need to live again.
"It`s still going to be cold. I still wouldn`t want to be on the sidelines with the TV6 photographers. It`s probably a whole lot better prepared then we were in 1967," Nason said.
After working as a photojournalist, Nason worked as an assignment desk editor at Channel 6, retiring after 38 years.
He says surprisingly, the Ice Bowl wasn't his coldest assignment. He once shot a fire in -24 degree weather!