Z Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Zesto Ice Cream

On Broadway and St. Joe Center, http://zesto-ice-cream.com/index.htm, Wikipedia article and discussed several times and July 20, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebookand March 19, 2017 photo of 1958 purchase note on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. City's Iconic Zesto Tells Story Of Sweet Success by Julia Meek published July 19, 2017 on WBOI.com.

Zinc Cadmium Sulfide

Toxicologic Assessment of the Army's Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Dispersion Tests in Fort Wayne. During the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. Army conducted atmospheric dispersion tests in many American cities using fluorescent particles of zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) to develop and verify meteorological models to estimate the dispersal of aerosols. Upon learning of the tests, many citizens and some public health officials in the affected cities raised concerns about the health consequences of the tests. This book assesses the public health effects of the Army's tests, including the toxicity of ZnCdS, the toxicity of surrogate cadmium compounds, the environmental fate of ZnCdS, the extent of public exposures from the dispersion tests, and the risks of such exposures. From various souces like Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne on Facebook discussion, TAAZCSDT May 14, 1997 announcement, FAQ, Google book, and Bear Market Issues October 18, 2009. Discussed several times under Zinc Cadmium Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.


Zoli's Hungarian Recipes by Matt Newcomb published on Sep 20, 2014 on YouTube.
This comes from a tape sent to me by my Hungarian grandparents who lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana and were lucky enough to have a Hungarian restaurant in town called Zoli's. This video shows recipes for Lesco, Vegetable Soup, and Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke) with dumplings.

Zoltan Herman's Hungarian restaurant Zoli's Hungarian Recipes YouTubevideo above was posted and discussed September 20, 2016, photos December 28, 2016, more photos January 2, 2017 more discussion August 25, 2017 and several dozen times on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. In 1968 while campaigining for president, Senator Robert F. Kennedy visited Zoli's on Broadway and sent owner Zoltan Herman a note thanking the staff for “the best food I ever ate”. Copied from KEVIN LEININGER: If you like food and history, new look at Fort Wayne’s past gives you something to devour published April 11, 2019 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. ZOLTAN HERMAN SR., 70, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at St. Joe Medical Center. Born Mar. 7, 1933, in Tok Hungary, he was owner of Zoli's Restaurant, for 42 years. Copied from his December 14, 2003 Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.

Zollner Pistons - Softball - Basketball

Jack Bloomfield
The Journal Gazette image

A McAllen, Texas, man named Jack Bloomfield gave an interesting look back at the Zollner Pistons fast-pitched softball team where he said his daughter wanted to write a book and he started digging up information so sent an email wondering in 2022 if any of his former Zollner Pistons teammates were still around? Bloomfield, now 92 and living in McAllen, was a third baseman on the last two Zollner fast-pitch softball teams before the club played its last game Sept. 21, 1954. At 24, he was one of the team’s youngest players. Copied from Bloomfield recalls Zollner Pistons softball days by Blake Sebring published June 20, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and shared June 20, 2022 on Facebook.

Whether the name 'Zollner Pistons' conjures up softball or basketball, it always means champions. Fred Zollner 's teams put Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the sports pages of the nation. They not only won games, they were leaders in softball for more than a decade and innovators in basketball. The Pistons' basketball team won the world basketball championships in 1945 and 1946. In 1948, an agreement signed in Carl Bennett's Fort Wayne home led to the National Basketball Association. See Fred Zollner. Their historic 19-18 win over the Lakers in 1950 led directly to the 24 second clock. They also pointed the way to an expanded foul line. They were the first sports team to travel to and from their games by air. The Zollner Pistons' story takes us back to the early days of pro basketball and the golden era of fastball. It all happened because of one generous and visionary man, Fred Zollner. Here we have the history of those teams, written by Rodger Nelson, who watched the Pistons play, and with contributions by the players themselves. The tale of Fred Zollner and his teams is sports at its best: exciting, innovative, and above all, fun. From The Zollner Piston story by Rodger Nelson; edited by Ryan Taylor. Published in 1995 by Allen County Public Library Foundation. Read the The Zollner Piston story by Rodger R. Nelson and Ryan Taylor published in 1995 now an ebook on Internet Archive scanned with permission from the Allen County Public Library.

  1. Zollner Pistons: 1940-1957 From YMCA to NBA - The Rise and Demise of the Zollner Pistons at The Genealogy Center.
  2. A sense of history Color, details enhance old Zollner abode by Rosa Salter Rodriguez November 6, 2011 in The Journal Gazette.
  3. The Zollner Piston story (1995) - Nelson, Rodger R, Includes bibliographical references, Fort Wayne's Professional Basketball team became the Detroit Piston's of the NBA - National Basketball Association. Archive.org.
  4. Four 1950s era photos posted January 17, 2014 on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook. January 2, 2015 photos and discussion on Only Indiana on Facebook. See Frank Brisko 1941 Zollner Piston race car posted May 3, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  5. There are several videos in the Allen County Public Library Film collection and a Zollner page with videos and this book on Internet Archive.
  6. Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons on YouTubeby The Weekly Special - WTIU published March 27, 2014 and discussed March 31, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  7. Fort Wayne Pistons Historical Moments on sportsecylopedia
  8. Fort Wayne Sports History: NBA formed in Fort Wayne Basketball Hall of Fame acknowleges site in 2007 by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel published September 2, 2013 Editor's Note: This is the 15th and final story in a series of excepts from the book Fort Wayne Sports History.
  9. Rare trophies found at former Zollner factory by Blake Sebring was published June 27, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  10. Photos and discussion January 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  11. What do sports and pistons have in common? by published September 4, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  12. For more than 50 years, former Fort Wayne Pistons executive Carl Bennett had been saying Fort Wayne should be recognized as the birthplace of the National Basketball Association. While not declaring an official designation, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, decided to present an exhibit on Sept. 8, 2007 telling Bennett's story. The meeting was at Bennett's home on Alexander Street from Fort Wayne Sports History Unofficial birthplace of NBA sits on local street by Blake Sebring published April 1, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons posted March 27, 2014 by Journey Indiana on YouTube
Interview of Don Graham. In 1941, Fort Wayne piston magnate, Fred Zollner, created Indiana's first professional basketball team, the Zollner Pistons, eventually launching the NBA.To learn more about the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, and other surprising sports history in Fort Wayne, visit Blake Sebring's website: blakesebring.com. Website is no longer active. See https://twitter.com/blakesebring.

Minneapolis Lakers vs. Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, November 20, 1952 video at the Internet Archive. The Minneapolis Lakers became the Los Angeles Lakers from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

NBA Finals 1955: Fort Wayne Pistons vs Syracuse Nationals by Fred Published on September 11, 2012 on YouTube

The Zollner Piston story by Nelson, Rodger R; Taylor, Ryan, Publication date 1995, an Archive.org

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