and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Ladimir Kwiatkowski graduated
from high school in 1947. He had a baseball scholarship
to attend Bowling Green University. At the time, he didn’t
know whether he wanted to go to college or get a car.
He decided on the car. He chose to work and earn the money.
But he recognized the importance of a college education. So
in 1949 he decided to go to Arizona to Arizona State University (ASU). He wanted to be a sports broadcaster.
The baseball weather was good in Arizona. He played with the
ASU team and was being eyed by scouts from the Cleveland Indians.
While at ASU, he met and married his wife Patsy Lou. Lad
would graduate from ASU with a degree in journalism.
He still needed to gain weight to play professional baseball.
He decided to try and get a job in television. “If I get a job in
television, I’m going to stay. If I can’t get a
job in TV, I’m going to take the baseball offer.”
The day after his graduation, he went to Channel 5 to look
around. He met with the general manager, Dick Rawls (the future
inspiration for Mr. Grudgemeyer) and they hit it off. One hour
after returning home, Lad received a call to start work the
While manning a camera for the It’s Wallace? show
one day, Bill Thompson grabbed Lad to help him with a bit they
were doing. The rest is history.
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