Interviewed in
April 1991

  Ed Snider was the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Team 24 years ago. A native of Washington, D.C., he came to Philadelphia in 1964 as vice president of the Philadelphia Eagles football team. Shortly thereafter, he conceived the idea of bringing a National Hockey League team to Philadelphia. It was through his efforts that the city was awarded a franchise as part of the NHL's expansion in 1967. Also established Spectacor, a sports, entertainment and communications firm comprised of affiliated entities, including The Spectrum, Spectacor Management Group, SpectaGuard, Spectacor Films, WIP All SportsRadio, TicketMaster of Delaware Valley, Inc., Network International and SpectAthlete, in addition to the Flyers.

He originated and developed PRISIM, the country's largest regional pay television network. He was the recipient of the Lester Patrick Award in 1980 for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and named to the National Hockey Hall Of Fame in September of 1988, and was elected to the Flyers' Hall of Fame in 1989. He received the 1989 PAL Award and the Irvin Feld Humanitarian Award presented by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Mr. Snider was one of the founders of the Ayn Rand Institute, but left ARI and is now a trustee for the Institute of Objectivist Studies.

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