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Redskins long-time owner Jack Kent Cooke

Washington Redskins long-time owner Jack Kent Cooke

EXCERPT: It was 1934, and Canadian Jack Kent Cooke felt the despair of the Great Depression.  Completely broke, Cooke and his wife didn't know where their next meal would come from.  The pair slept in their car, which was stuck in the mud on the side of a road in Verigin, Manitoba.  But Cooke wasn't about to give up hope.  Trying to make a sale, the 21-year-old encyclopedia salesman stopped everyone he saw in Verigin, including the grain elevator operator, the local minister and a doctor.  No luck.  Then he spotted a school principal.  Cooke gave him his pitch, but the principal wouldn't buy the books either.  Determined to make a sale, Cooke followed him to his home and talked for 2 1/2 hours trying to close a deal.

(Read the entire article about Cooke in the attached document.)