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Fenway
06-05-2005, 08:35 PM
Just a little nugget from the past

I found this while trying to chase down something in the NY Post that IF true would be fascinating but I can not pin it down as true.

http://www.nypost.com/sports/47761.htm


Pete Williams, co-author with Mike Veeck of the new book, "Fun Is Good" - the Veeck Family's baseball business philosophy - bumped into a good one: Bill Veeck, Mike's inventive dad and the legendary character who owned the Indians, White Sox and St. Louis Browns, was the grandson of Lee De Forest, a prolific turn-of-the-last-century inventor whom more than a few historians regard as "The Father of Radio." In 1920, De Forest operated what may have been the first radio station, 6XC, in California.

I can't find the connection on the DeForest site
http://www.leedeforest.org/husband.html

tebman
06-05-2005, 08:44 PM
Just a little nugget from the past

I found this while trying to chase down something in the NY Post that IF true would be fascinating but I can not pin it down as true.

http://www.nypost.com/sports/47761.htm


Pete Williams, co-author with Mike Veeck of the new book, "Fun Is Good" - the Veeck Family's baseball business philosophy - bumped into a good one: Bill Veeck, Mike's inventive dad and the legendary character who owned the Indians, White Sox and St. Louis Browns, was the grandson of Lee De Forest, a prolific turn-of-the-last-century inventor whom more than a few historians regard as "The Father of Radio." In 1920, De Forest operated what may have been the first radio station, 6XC, in California.

I can't find the connection on the DeForest site
http://www.leedeforest.org/husband.html
That sounds farfetched to me. There's a great biography of DeForest and Armstrong (the inventor of FM and the superheterodyne receiver) and Sarnoff (the founder of RCA) called "Empire of the Air." I read that book and have read about Veeck and his family for decades, and have never heard that one.

I would think that if there was a connection like that, it would have been more widely known. Might be a good campfire story. :rolleyes:

ode to veeck
06-05-2005, 09:04 PM
I'd be careful with the Post, it's not far from the Enquirer in terms of journalistic integrity

slavko
06-05-2005, 11:25 PM
Let's see here. Lee De Forest's first child was born in 1909. Bill Veeck was born in 1914. You wanna do the math and figure out if Bill could possibly be Lee's grandson? The needle on my bull-bleep-o-meter is going off the screen.

Fenway
06-07-2005, 05:39 PM
Let's see here. Lee De Forest's first child was born in 1909. Bill Veeck was born in 1914. You wanna do the math and figure out if Bill could possibly be Lee's grandson? The needle on my bull-bleep-o-meter is going off the screen.

We all know the Post is never wrong
http://www.gagreport.com/images/NYPost.jpghttp://www.burncopy.com/cc/images/post_cover.gifhttp://www.nerf-herders-anonymous.net/nypost-20040416-cover.jpg

subway was out 9 days
curse?

Fenway
06-08-2005, 02:06 PM
while on the subject of Veeck, Canada's CBC came up with a list of the Top 10 newsmaking owners in sports

Some are notorious, others celebrated, most are still the subject of debate. None of them, though, can be ignored.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html

Roman Abramovich (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#1)
Harold Ballard (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#2)
Silvio Berlusconi (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#3)
Mark Cuban (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#4)
James Dolan (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#5)
Charlie Finley (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#6)
Charles Howard (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#7)
Marge Schott (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#8)
George Steinbrenner (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#9)
Bill Veeck (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/columns/top10/owners.html#10)