Adding Trivia Information to Rocky

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Rejected Trivia Information that is common knowledge
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Sean Pasek

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Sean Pasek

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I have added a Trivia item that I've verified in the Rocky Documentary, and the information can also be readily found in a number of websites regarding Garrett Brown's invention of the steadi-cam during this film. Twice, my submission has been rejected because the people at IMDB are too lazy to verify the information, stating that the information cannot be verified, when it can. It's a part of cinematic history and easily verified! This new "Tracking Contribution" feature is proving how inept the staff at IMDB can be.
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Hi Sean Pasek,

I am a long time IMDb user, not a staff member. Insulting the IMDb data editors is not a good tactic to gain their cooperation.

What, if any, evidence did your provide with your submission? What is obvious to you, others and me, may not be obvious to others unfamiliar with film technology. Since you indicate there are multiple websites that provide this information, you could easily have included this with your submission.

Including this link, probably would have been sufficient:
http://www.garrettcam.com/bio.php
Garrett Brown is best known as the Oscar-winning inventor of the SteadicamTM. He has shot with it on nearly 100 movies including Rocky, The Shining and Return of the Jedi. View Garrett Brown Filmography
IMDb already credits Garrett Brown with the invention of the Steadicam.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0113593/bio
Garrett Brown invented the Oscar-winning Steadicam camera stabilizer and used it to shoot over a hundred movies beginning with Rocky (1976). ...
As a techie, I enjoy the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) tech awards much more than the main awards broadcast.
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According to the interview with Garrett Brown at http://citypaper.net/Movies/QandA-Steadicam-inventor-and-Rocky-cinematographer-Garrett-Brown/, he didn't invent the Steadicam while filming Rocky, but rather he invented the Steadicam, sent a reel depicting its use to many people in the industry, and on the strength of that was hired to work on Rocky.
The last shot of that reel was me chasing my then-girlfriend, now-wife, Ellen, down the Art Museum steps and back up. And a lot of people saw that reel, one of them was [John G.] Avildsen, who was setting up Rocky. He found us and said, "Where are those steps and how did you do that?" I ended up, just a few months later, chasing [Sylvester] Stallone up those steps. It was an amazing coincidence. ...

So, I started shooting movies with [the Steadicam] right away in '75, I shot three films simultaneously. One of them — Bound For Glory — won the Oscar for cinematography. Rocky won Best Picture, obviously, and the third one was Marathon Man, which was a hell of a good film. The old guys in Hollywood went right out of the block with this.