What is your ultimate goal?

Sports Immortals Experience: An International Sports Attraction That Will Honor & Enshrine the Greatest Athletes of All Time

  1. Immersive and Interactive Displays
  2. Theatres
  3. Restaurant of Champions
  4. High Tech/Virtual Gaming
  5. Merchandise Mart/Store
  6. Internationally Televised Awards
  7. Annual Hall of Fame Enshrinements
  8. Event & Party Facilities
  9. Sponsorship Opportunities

What is your most prized possession?

That is a difficult question. But I believe my collection of Jim Thorpe mementos, as a whole, is the most endearing to me. These items include Thorpe’s Carlisle Indians and Canton Bulldogs football jerseys, his Carlisle letter sweater, his Olympic scrapbook from the 1912 games in Stockholm, Sweden, the scrapbook that he kept for his entire career and various medals and trophies.

Have you ever been involved with the Smithsonian Institute?

Yes! One of my most rewarding experiences occurred in 1981 when I was asked to participate in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Heroes Exhibit. I was the largest contributor and my involvement provided me the opportunity to meet Ronald Reagan and George Bush. President Reagan donated an autographed helmet that he wore while playing George Gipp in the Knute Rockne Story. George Bush added an autographed photo, baseball and replica uniform he wore when he played first base at Yale.

How have you managed to stay focused all your life on achieving your dream?

I have always structured my life by a set of rules and values that I have compiled into the “Sports Immortals Rules for Success.”

  1. Never Lose Sight of Your Dreams.
  2. Set Goals for Yourself.
  3. Always Give Maximum Effort.
  4. Never Be Afraid of Failure.
  5. Learn From Your Mistakes.
  6. Keep Physically Fit.
  7. Avoid Drugs.
  8. Be Flexible and Tolerant.
  9. Believe in Yourself.
  10. Have Faith and Trust Your Instincts.

What was your most heartfelt moment as a collector?

I visited Roy Campanella, the Hall of Fame catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, at his liquor store in Harlem several years after his crippling automobile accident. After I explained to him my plans to develop a sports museum to honor the greatest athletes of all time, he told me that he would be glad to contribute his last Dodger uniform. The only problem was that he had locked it in a trunk in the cellar. Roy moved his wheel chair to the door leading to the lower level. Then he somehow maneuvered himself down the steps to the basement. I was so touched when he returned fifteen minutes later with his complete Dodger uniform.

Of all the items that you had a chance to obtain, which one do you most wish you had acquired?

I received a telephone in 1976 from a young college student who had a complete Lou Gehrig uniform from 1939 with the rare centennial patch on the left shoulder. He was asking for $2500, which I thought was too much money at that time. I offered him $1500 and lost out on one of the rarest Lou Gehrig items you could find.

Do you still actively curate sports memorabilia?

Yes. I am always looking for rare, museum type sports mementos from great athletes or sporting events.

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