Are We There Yet? Bandwagon Rolls Out on 1,150-Mile Journey
By George Solomon
A 33-foot recreational vehicle, the outside painted to create a real look for Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser's mythical bandwagon, left Washington yesterday on its way to Minneapolis and Super Bowl XXVI.
After the Redskins' 45-0 opening game victory over the Lions on Sept. 1, Kornheiser, tongue firmly in cheek, wrote that the Redskins would go to the Super Bowl and he "would be first" on their bandwagon.
There were subsequent bandwagon columns each Tuesday in the sports section.
Like CBS commentator John Madden, Kornheiser prefers ground transportation to flying. So Washington Post executives, led by Candace Medd, director of circulation-marketing, suggested Kornheiser be driven to the Super Bowl in a "bandwagon type" vehicle.
"I think we've seized the moment," Medd said. "The bandwagon is a fun column that snowballed."
Joining Kornheiser for the 1,150-mile drive will be Jeanne McManus, The Post's deputy sports editor who will supervise the newspaper's Super Bowl coverage, and Norman Chad, a Kornheiser nemesis whose columns appear in The Post and Sports Illustrated.
The vehicle will be driven by professional drivers Scott Steinbeck and Harry Landenberg. It will make two overnight stops before arriving in Minneapolis Monday afternoon.
Kornheiser will call in reports to WMAL radio starting today at 10:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 8:10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. His roadside columns begin Monday. Upon leaving, McManus revealed that the film "Misery" had been rented for the VCR.