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Lamar Hunt

Lamar Hunt was an American businessman notable for his promotion of American football, basketball and ice hockey in the United States. Less well known was the effort he and his brothers, William Herbert Hunt and Nelson Bunker Hunt, made to corner the silver market in the late 1970s and early 1980s, their efforts ended on the appropriately named day Silver Thursday. He was the principal founder of the American Football League and Major League Soccer, as well as MLS's predecessor, the North American Soccer League, co-founder of World Championship Tennis, he was the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League, the Kansas City Wizards of MLS, at the time of his death owned two other MLS teams, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. In Kansas City, Hunt helped establish the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks; the oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in the United States, the U. S. Open Cup, now bears his name in honor of his pioneering role in that sport stateside.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. The National Soccer Hall of Fame bestowed upon Hunt their Medal of Honor in 1999, an award given to only three recipients in history thus far, he was married for 42 years to his second wife Norma, had four children, Lamar Jr. Daniel, Clark Hunt. Hunt was born in El Dorado, the son of oil tycoon H. L. Hunt and younger brother of tycoons Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt. Lamar was raised in Texas, he attended Culver Military Academy and graduated from The Hill School in Pennsylvania in 1951 and Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1956, with a B. S. degree in geology. Hunt was a college football player who rode the bench but was still an avid sports enthusiast during his time in college and throughout his entire childhood. While attending SMU in 1952, Hunt joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In 1972, he was selected as Kappa Sigma's Man of the Year. On the strength of his great inherited oil wealth, Hunt applied for a National Football League expansion franchise but was turned down.

In 1959, professional football was a distant second to Major League Baseball in popularity, the thinking among NFL executives was that the league must be careful not to "oversaturate" the market by expanding too quickly. Hunt attempted to purchase the NFL's Chicago Cardinals franchise in 1959 with the intention to move them to Dallas, but was again turned down. In response, Hunt approached several other businessmen who had unsuccessfully sought NFL franchises, including fellow Texan and oilman K. S. "Bud" Adams of Houston, about forming a new football league, the American Football League was established in August 1959. The group of the eight founders of the AFL teams was referred to as the "Foolish Club". Hunt's goal was to bring professional football to Texas and to acquire an NFL team for the Hunt family. Hunt became an owner of the Dallas Texans and hired future hall-of-Famer Hank Stram as the team's first head coach; as a response to the newly formed league and the presence of an AFL franchise in Dallas, the NFL placed a new franchise of their own in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys.

As a result, the Dallas Texans, despite being one of the more successful AFL teams in the league's early days, had little luck at the gate, as they had to compete with the Cowboys for fans. By the end of the 1962 season, Hunt concluded that Dallas was not big enough to support two teams and began to consider moving the team. Kansas City became one of the contenders, as Hunt wanted a city to which he could commute from Dallas. To convince Hunt to move the team to Kansas City, mayor H. Roe Bartle promised Hunt home attendance of 25,000 people per game. Hunt agreed to move the team to Kansas City, in 1963 the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs. In the Chiefs' first two seasons attendance did not match the levels Mayor Bartle had promised, but in 1966 average home attendance at Chiefs games increased and reached 37,000. By 1969 Chiefs' average home attendance had reached 51,000. In 1966 the Chiefs won their first AFL Championship and reached the first-ever Super Bowl, which the Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers.

The Chiefs remained successful through the 1960s, in 1970 the Chiefs won the AFL Championship and Super Bowl IV over the favored Minnesota Vikings. Hunt insisted that he be listed in the team media guide as the founder of the Chiefs rather than the owner, he publicly listed his telephone number in the phone book until his death. In 1966, the NFL and AFL agreed to merge, with a championship game between the two leagues to be played after that season. In a July 25, 1966, letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the'Super Bowl,' which can be improved upon." Hunt would say the name was in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy. Although the leagues' owners decided on the name "AFL-NFL Championship Game", the media picked up on Hunt's "Super Bowl" name, which would become official beginning with the third annual game, won by the AFL's New York Jets over the NFL's Baltimore Colts. In 1967 Hunt helped promote professional soccer in the United States.

Hunt's interest in soccer began in 1962 when he accompanied his future wife, Norma, to a Shamrock Rovers game in Dublin, Ireland. In 1966, he viewed the FIFA World Cup in England, attended nine of

Cyrus Durey

Cyrus Durey was a U. S. Representative from New York. Born in Caroga, New York, Durey attended Johnstown Academy, he was supervisor's clerk. Supervisor of Caroga in 1889 and 1890, he engaged in the real-estate business. He was appointed postmaster of Johnstown on August 19, 1898, served until February 28, 1907, he served as member of the Republican State committee in 1904–1906. Durey was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congresses, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress. He was appointed on March 20, 1911, collector of internal revenue, fourteenth district of New York, served until September 30, 1914, he served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1912 and 1920. He was again appointed collector of internal revenue on September 30, 1921, served until his death at Albany, New York, January 4, 1933, he was interred near Johnstown, New York. United States Congress. "Cyrus Durey". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Cyrus Durey at Find a Grave This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov

Sinocrassula

Sinocrassula is a genus of succulent, subtropical plants of the family Crassulaceae. The name "Sinocrassula" means "Chinese crassula", they come from the province Yunnan in the south of China, from the north of Burma. They grow at an altitude between 2.500 and 2.700 m Sinocrassula ambigua A. Berger Sinocrassula bergeri H. Jacobsen Sinocrassula densirosulata A. Berger Sinocrassula diversifolia H. Chuang Sinocrassula indica A. Berger Sinocrassula indica var. forrestii S. H. Fu Sinocrassula indica var. luteorubra S. H. Fu Sinocrassula indica var. obtusifolia S. H. Fu Sinocrassula indica var. serrata S. H. Fu Sinocrassula longistyla S. H. Fu Sinocrassula luteorubra H. Chuang Sinocrassula techinensis S. H. Fu Sinocrassula vietnamensis S. H. Fu Sinocrassula yunnanensis Aver. Et V. Byalt Sinocrassula presents rosettes of thin fleshy triangular brown leaves; the plants are up to 20 cm height. They develop dense clumps. Sometimes, Sinocrassula shows monstrous forms; the inflorescence is a dense panicle up to 10 -- red-tipped petals.

They need a well-drained soil, a sunny or shaded exposure. They grow less, they require moderate watering, with little in winter. In a temperate climate, plants can be outside. Division of plants and pruning are the easiest ways of multiplication. Seeding is possible. Sinocrassula photos on www. AIAPS.org