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Books: Author takes unique view of Packers

Local writes about more than just the NFL team on the field

Posted: September 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Local author William Povletich will be signing his book (above) at the Barnes and Noble in Valencia Saturday.

 

It’s a long way from Green Bay.

But it goes to show you how wide the Packers’ appeal is that you get a Santa Clarita Valley resident writing a book about the one of sports’ most storied franchises.

Yet author William Povletich, a Wisconsin native who has lived in the SCV since 1995, has written the book, “Green Bay Packers — Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition,” which is available for purchase now.

Povletich will be signing copies of the book at Barnes and Noble in Valencia on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The book, as he describes it, is unlike the numerous accounts of Packers history in that it looks to the business and economic side of the team and tells the story of the men and women behind the scenes that created the nonprofit organization that the team operates under today.

Povletich said there were a couple of revelations he found when writing the book and they appear inside some of the 400-pages.

“I would say Curly Lambeau was seriously interested in moving the team (in the 1940s) because the NFL wanted to compete with the All-American Football Conference, which had a team in San Francisco, and the NFL wanted to relocate its weakest team (the Packers) to San Francisco and the fact that the (American Football League) was serious about putting a franchise in Milwaukee and Vince Lombardi got in the car and drove to Milwaukee and shook a few hands and got this exclusive deal signed for Milwaukee County Stadium until 1975,” Povletich said of the revelations.

Povletich documents the many business and operational changes in the franchise’s 90-plus year history.

And, for the hardcore sports fan, he also gets into the on-the-field stuff as well.

On top of that, the book features rarely seen photos, some which haven’t been viewed, he said, in 80 years.

There is a six-page spread on the original articles of incorporation and stock certificates through the years, as the team is the only publicly owned, nonprofit franchise in American sports.

Povletich, in fact, owns four shares — one for him, his wife and two children.

He said he did a lot of the writing in the Santa Clarita Valley, but went back to Wisconsin to research on a number of occasions over the last three years.

The book is a joint venture between Povletich and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and because of that partnership, he was able to get cooperation from the Green Bay Packers and various Wisconsin newspapers.

Povletich moved to the Santa Clarita Valley to pursue a career in film and TV.

He has worked as a producer and writer and has authored four books, including another on the Green Bay Packers (“Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold”) and one on the Milwaukee Braves (“Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak”).

“(The Packers) represent everything great about America,” Povletich said. “They personify the idea that you can start out with nothing, work hard, and if you’re classy and not flashy and you build a winner, people will follow.”

 

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