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ADIRONDACK LIVING: Dave Jones: The man behind the camera

April 6, 2018
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There are four major world events that Dave Jones remembers exactly where he was when they happened: the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the day the Challenger space shuttle blew up, the day the Twin Towers were attacked and the day the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union.

Jones was right here at the 1980 Olympic Field House, looking through the Plexiglas as a young amateur team took on the number one team in the world.

Jones worked on a film crew at the Feb. 22, 1980 Miracle on Ice game between U.S. and the Soviet Union during the XIII Olympic Winter Games, and 38 years later, he shot video for the 4th annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. Multiple times over, he's been able to experience the importance of that one hockey game all those years ago.

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1980 U.S. Olympic hockey gold medalist Mike Eruzione walks with Dave Jones, of Lake Placid, Tuesday, March 27 on the Olympic Center ice during the 4th annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. Jones was working as a videographer during the fantasy camp.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

"1980 was pretty similar to what [the U.S.] is now," Jones said. "The country was divided, and there wasn't a lot of USA spirit. When those guys took that ice, it changed the whole spirit of the country."

Jones got a little choked up and said, "You know, I still get emotional thinking about it." Semi-retired now, Jones has worked as a freelance videographer for nearly 40 years.

"In the last couple of years, I have been doing the alpine skiing World Cup over in Killington, Vermont," he said. "I do the Saratoga race track in the summertime, and I did the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City."

Jones grew up in Lake Placid. His father Dave Jones Sr. owned the Adirondack Photo Service shop on Main Street. After his father died in 1968, Jones's mother, Kay, had to take over the business.

"It was a retail business, so she had to learn pretty quick," Jones said, "and she did. They ended up calling her Mrs. Zag because she'd go out the bobsled run everyday and take pictures. She'd only have a single frame, 50 millimeter little Pentax - a 35 millimeter camera but a 50 millimeter lens on it. She'd take one picture, and she'd catch every one of them in Zig-Zag, which was the fastest part of the track."

When it comes to the fantasy camp, Jones is an important yet humble participant. He lets the focus be on the campers, the 1980 players and his co-workers while he stays behind the camera.

"I'm the second camera, not even the first camera," he said. "The first camera is a very talented guy by the name of Paul Frederick, who has done an extensive amount of PBS work. I just kind of get some breakaways and some cutaways and some comments, so my part is very small."

Jones's parents were photographers, he works in video, and now his son is also in the industry.

Jones said the lineage of photo and video work in his family is similar to the Miracle game.

"It's just like this hockey game that we played on this rink in 1980," he said, "how it transcends generations and how important that game was to people because almost 40 years later, it still brings people together."



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