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Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Consultant
Track and Field Athlete

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ham, Spinach, Macaroni, Eggs, Milk, Italian Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Well, The Deal Is. . .

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1922
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Consultant
Track and Field Athlete

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ham, Spinach, Macaroni, Eggs, Milk, Italian Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Well, The Deal Is. . .

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1922
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr., sales executive and Olympic medalist, was born March 9, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father owned an automobile repair shop and was reported in Ebony magazine as the first blind African American to use a seeing eye dog. Douglas attended Gladstone Elementary School and Gladstone Junior High School. As a teenager, he idolized Jesse Owens’ performance in the 1936 Olympics. He was playing football and running track when he graduated from Allderdice High School. Attending the University of Pittsburgh, Douglas won three collegiate titles in the long jump. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948. That same year, Douglas won the Bronze Medal for a 24 foot 8.75 inch long jump in the London Summer Olympics. Returning to the University of Pittsburgh, Douglas completed his M.Ed. degree in 1950.

Douglas worked as night manager for his father’s auto business until the Pabst Brewing Company hired him in 1950. At Pabst, he rose from sales representative to southern district manager. Douglas served as Pabst’s national special markets manager from 1965 to 1968. From 1977 to 1980, he worked as vice president of urban market development for Schieffelin and Somerset Co., where he helped popularize Hennessy Congac X.O, V.S.O.P, V.S and other brands in the African American community. Douglas has worked as an urban marketing consultant since 1987.

In 1980, Douglas founded the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc. (IAAA), of which he is president. He has also served on the board of directors of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh. Douglas, a member of the NAACP and Urban League, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Semi-retired, he lives with his wife in Philadelphia. He was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Successful Black Men.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his mother's upbringing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about how his father lost his sight
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. recalls his family home during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. recalls his childhood community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his grade school experiences in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. recalls how Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe inspired him in his early track career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his athletic achievements during his college years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about returning home to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the early 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. recalls qualifying for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. shares his memories from the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about African Americans in athletics during the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about looking for work after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1949
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about some of the celebrities he met through working at Pabst Brewing Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his experiences working as a salesman for Pabst Brewing Company in the southeastern United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. reflects on the difficulties that African Americans face in the film and television business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his work for Schieffelin and Somerset Co.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about the struggle of black athletes to obtain equal pay and renown throughout the 20th century
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about the increasing commercialization of professional sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. recalls how he marketed particular brands of alcohol to the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about community backlash against alcohol advertisements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about the bid of New York, New York for the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about how his networking skills led to his success in the liquor industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. reflects upon the historical factors that influence purchasing preferences in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about the history of the Jesse Owens International Trophy Award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his philanthropic work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his philanthropic work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. talks about his idols in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Herbert Paul Douglas, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2