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April 15, 2020

JFK, Coors, Golf: Flint's Trailblazer Leo Seide #20006

JFK, Coors, Golf: Flint's Trailblazer Leo Seide #20006

Leo Seide, has been an affable pioneer in Michigan business, politics, civil rights, golf and real estate development.  He is truly a Flint treasure.  Leo was the "father" of the PGA Carling Open convincing the Carling Brewing Company to sponsor a PGA Tournament in 1957.  A young Arnold Palmer played in the tournament at the Flint Golf Club.  The Carling Open later became the Buick Open and moved to Warwick Hills Golf Club,    Behind the scenes, Leo Seide was was a respected voice in political circles at all levels.  He was a close friend and adviser to former Michigan Governor John Swanson.  In 1962, he was responsible for organizing a rally for President John F. Kennedy in Flint.  He personally convinced the Coors brewing family, of Golden, Colorado,  to introduce their products in Michigan.  Leo represented the National Beer Wholesalers Association of America before Congress on various issues including legislation affecting the development of franchising laws in his industry.  Leo Seide served as a member of the Board of the Flint Community Schools.  He was a trailblazer in civil rights, being invited to be first Jewish member of the exclusive Flint Golf Club, a membership he held for 50 years.    Leo was part of the Greatest Generation of Michigan.  He fought in the fox holes of Italy for three years during World War II.   Leo is the epitome of civility and kindness. Leo's story about his home town is riveting..  He speaks of the rise of a great American city, Flint, Michigan.  A city which during his lifetime earned the status of having the highest income per capita of all American cities.  Listen closely if you want to learn the lessons of entrepreneurship, remarkable vision and risk taking.  Leo Seide represents the values, resilience and toughness of Flint, Michigan.  Leo's story about his home town is riveting..  He speaks of the rise of a great American city, Flint, Michigan.  A city which during his lifetime earned the status of having the highest income per capita of all American cities.  Listen closely if you want to learn the lessons of entrepreneurship, remarkable vision and risk taking.  Leo Seide represents the values, resilience and toughness of Flint, Michigan.  View the Award Ceremony for PGA Golf Professional Paul Harney, who racked up his first PGA Tour win at the Flint Golf Club in 1957.  (click the following link) https://fb.watch/1i_HqBiWBA/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/radiofreeflint/message

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