Former ABC 10 reporters Ryan Yamamoto and Suzanne Phan came home earlier this week to debut the documentary film they have been working on for the better part of the last three years.
The documentary is called "Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kono Story." Tommy Kono was a weightlifter and bodybuilder, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion, four-time Mr. Universe, holds 25 world records, and is one of the greatest athletes ever to call Sacramento home. But very few knew of his story. So when Ryan heard about him six years ago, he began his journey that led to this film. It's making its debut in Sacramento this week.
"We've been working on it for two years," Ryan said. "Last year, pretty much every weekend we'd be working on it. Whenever I had any free time, I was working on it. Whether it was making phone calls or trying to find archieve video."
Ryan said he's happy to debut the film in front of people and back in Sacramento, a town he called home for 16 years.
"To be able to show this, it almost feels like I'm giving this to the city and giving this to the family," Ryan said. "I want people in Sacramento to know this guy. They should be proud of him and this is a very prideful city. They love to celebrate their own and he should be included in that."
The documentary can be seen on KVIE PBS at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3; 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5; or 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.