Manteo, N.C. — (WAVY) Fifty years ago the first Super Bowl was played. Amazingly, network recordings of the original broadcast were lost or taped over.
However, a family in Manteo, North Carolina says they may have the only copy, but because of a dispute with the NFL, it looks like the public will never see it.
Beth Rebuck can remember the last gift from her first husband, Martin Haupt, before he died: two large film canisters.
“He said, ‘Maybe they’ll come in handy someday. You’ll be able to educate the children and use the money for that,'” she remembered.
The two had been divorced for almost a decade when he handed her the films marked, “Super Bowl I.” He would die weeks later, leaving Rebuck and her family skeptical of what they had.
Her son Troy Haupt saw the recordings sitting in the attic in their Pennsylvania home years ago when he was in high school, but it wasn’t until she moved to Noth Carolina that the two of them realized how rare a find they had.
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