ORIGINAL TRAILBLAZERS

A PROJECT BY DAVID MARKOVICH

Meet the original entrepreneurs. My new life stories series highlights trailblazing older adults who continue to leave a mark on their communities.

Elwood Edwards - A Lifetime of Work in Television with a Special Past

December 06, 2016

Working the early morning shift at WKYC Channel 3, Elwood Edwards is the type of person you would expect to find in the blue-collar city of Cleveland, Ohio. A self-proclaimed programming hobbyist, Edwards goes about his daily routine at the station where he says he’s “always wanted to be.”... 

By David Markovich

Culture Honey Magazine

Some might say he has a “famous” reputation, but for Wally Amos, life is about living in the moment. Having already founded one of the most recognizable cookie companies on the market, Amos recently became the oldest entrepreneur to present on ABC’s Shark Tank at the age of 80. Founded in 1975, the Famous Amos brand remains a staple among cookie connoisseurs nationwide. And while Amos eventually sold his company, he’s again on a quest to bring people joy through his cookies...

By David Markovich

Culture Honey Magazine

With only $2,000 in his pocket, Joe Coulombe sought out to create Pronto Markets. A recent graduate of Stanford University, Coulombe saw an opportunity to open up a convenience store with extended hours in the Los Angeles area. Nearly six decades later, Coulombe’s cultural impact on his company remains very much intact, even after selling it to the prestigious Albrecht family in 1979...

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