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Bill Daniels

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

If there was one true cable pioneer, it might have been Bill Daniels. A decorated Navy pilot, Mr. Daniels emerged from World War II to build one of the first CATV (community antenna television) systems in the West. In 1958, he founded Daniels & Associates, a company that became a national leader in telecommunications investments.
Mr. Daniels made a fortune in cable, but gave much of his wealth away. A $22 million pledge to the University of Denver endowed the Daniels College of Business and helped lure the National Cable Television Center and Museum to the campus.
A self-described sports nut, Mr. Daniels owned the Utah Stars basketball franchise in the ABA and a part of the Los Angeles Lakers, sponsored a car in the Indianapolis 500 and was a co-founder of the United States Football League.
He was born in Greeley, Colo., in 1920 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute before joining the Navy. He died in 2000 at age 79.