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Encyclopedia > Chuck Taylor (salesman)

Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor (June 24, 1901June 23, 1969), was an American basketball player and shoe salesman/evangelist. He is best known for his association with the Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneaker, the most successful sellin basketball shoe in history. A full biography of Chuck Taylor was published by Indiana University Press in 2006. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article is about the sport. ... Salesman is a 1969 cinema verité documentary film which follows four salesmen of expensive Bibles door-to-door in a low-income neighborhood which cannot afford expensive Bibles. ... A Technology Evangelist is a job title given to a person whos job is to assist organizations adopting new technologies. ... Image:Blackchucks (1998-2002). ...


Taylor, the salesman

While Taylor may or may not have played basketball on a fairly high level, he gained his fame as a promoter and salesman.


According to the official story,[1] the Converse All-Star shoe, the first shoe especially for basketball, was introduced in 1917, and Taylor started wearing them in 1918 as a high school basketball player. (In fact, A.G. Spalding had already been making a basketball-model shoe for nearly 2 decades.[2]) In 1921, Taylor went to the Converse Shoes Chicago sales offices in search of a job. S.R. "Bob" Pletz, an avid fisherman and sportsman, hired him.[3] Spalding is a sporting goods company started in Chicago by A.G. Spalding in 1876. ... Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse is an American shoe company that has been selling shoes since the early 20th century. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Within a year, Taylor's suggestions - fabricating the shoe differently for greater flexibility and support, and providing a patch to protect the ankle - were incorporated into the shoe. The All-Star star went on the patch immediately, and by 1923, Chuck Taylor's name was on the patch as the shoe became the Chuck Taylor All-Stars.


Undoubtedly, having a better shoe was an advantage - but Chuck Taylor was also an exceptional representative for Converse. Joe Dean, who worked as a sales executive for Converse for nearly 30 years before becoming the athletic director at Louisiana State University, told Bob Ford of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "It was impossible not to like him, and he knew everybody. If you were a coach and you wanted to find a job, you called Chuck Taylor. Athletic directors talked to him all the time when they were looking for a coach."[4] For other uses, see LSU. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Robert (Bob) Alan Ford (born January 26, 1950) is a retired American basketball player in the ABA. He played briefly for the Memphis Tams in the 1972-73 season, averaging 1. ... The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ...


Despite the fact that over 600 million pairs of Chuck Taylor shoes have been sold, Taylor didn't get rich from it. He never made a dime in commissions, only a salary from Converse. For years, he drove a white Cadillac across country with a trunk full of shoes, living in motels, and with only a locker in the company's Chicago warehouse as a permanent residence.[4] Author Abraham Aamidor,[5] however, points out that Taylor wasn't sparing in use of the Converse expense account.


In 1922, Taylor began the Converse Basketball Yearbook, in which the best players, trainers, teams and the greatest moments of the sport were commemorated. A good sales tool, and in 1928, it was enlarged.[1] In 1935, Taylor invented the "stitchless" basketball[1] that was easier to control.


The basketball clinic, however, was the core of his basketball - and shoe - evangelism. In 1922, Taylor led the first one at North Carolina State University, and continued for years. His next "demonstration" (as Taylor phrased it) was for Fielding Yost at the Michigan, then for Columbia and for Doc Carlson at Pitt.[6] It continued for a third of a century, in the high schools and YMCAs of the country. The way Steve Stone (a former Converse president) put it, "Chuck's gimmick was to go to a small town, romance the coach, and put on a clinic. He would teach basketball and work with the local sporting goods dealer, but without encroaching on the coach's own system."[2] North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


While Taylor was a coach in the sense of providing training for athletes, his only teams were players named to All-Star squads in the yearbook; they didn't actually play together. (The Chuck Taylor who played football in 1943 at Leland Stanford Junior University and returned to coach Stanford football from 1951-1957 was three decades his junior.[7] There was also a Dr. Chuck Taylor who served as athletic director for Radford University from 1974 to 1996.[8]) (The wind of freedom blows. ... Radford University is a public, state-funded, comprehensive university, located in the City of Radford, in Southwestern Virginia. ...


Taylor promoted basketball internationally, as well, and in 1936, it became an Olympic sport. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


During WWII, Taylor became fitness consultant for the war effort - and by one of those amazing coincidence, GIs soon were doing their calisthenics in the white high-top Chuck Taylor sneakers that became the official sneaker of the US Armed Forces.[9] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... GI may stand for: Galvanized Iron Gastrointestinal, a division of the human anatomy in medicine Generic identifier Geodætisk Institut, a former Danish cartographic institute Geographical indication Game Informer, a video games magazine Government issue, meaning army enlisted personnel Government Issue, A 1980s Hardcore Band G.I. Joe, a...


In 1968, Chuck Taylor was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts - but he had already been named to the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame a decade earlier, in 1958.[10] The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden County Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - City  33. ...


By 1966, Converse owned the sneaker market, with an 80% share.[9] In 1968, Taylor retired.[3] In June 1969, Taylor died in Port Charlotte, Florida of a heart attack.[6] Converse started losing market share rapidly from the 1970s on and filed for bankruptcy court protection on 22 January 2001.[11] Port Charlotte is a census-designated place located in Charlotte County, Florida. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c Converse timeline
  2. ^ a b The Original All-Star
  3. ^ a b Meet Chuck
  4. ^ a b Bob Ford
  5. ^ Chuck Taylor, All Star: The True Story of the Man Behind the Most Famous Athletic Shoe in History, ISBN 0-253-34698-3
  6. ^ Cite error 8; No text given.
  7. ^ Chuck Taylor: Basketball player turned master shoe salesman
  8. ^ Radford University Athletic Program
  9. ^ a b Chuck Taylor History
  10. ^ Chuck Taylor: Basketball player turned master shoe salesman
  11. ^ Converse Bankruptcy

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Chuck Taylor (salesman) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (638 words)
Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor (June 24, 1901–June 23, 1969), was an American minor league basketball player and lifelong promoter of Converse Shoes and is most associated with Chuck Taylor All-Star basketball shoes.
Taylor also began the tradition of the Converse Basketball Yearbook, in which the best players, trainers, teams and the greatest moments of the sport were commemorated.
In 1923, Converse honoured Taylor’s achievements, the improvement of the Converse All Star and his passion for the sport by adding his signature to the ankle patch.
Chuck Taylor All-Stars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (435 words)
Chuck Taylor All-Stars are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse Shoes (yet they also can be purchased in leather instead of canvas).
These new versions of the shoe were also co-designed by Chuck Taylor, shortly before his death in 1969.
Universally speaking, however, Chucks are not limited to punk and hip hop, and are popular in almost every kind of music, quickly being recognized as "the musician's shoe".
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