r2 r3 r5 r6 r7 Jerry B. Kurz (born June 21, 1949) is one of the founding members of arena football, and part owner of Gridiron Enterprises. He currently serves as president of the Arena Football League, and had previously been the league commissioner for 5 seasons in the AFL.Contents 1 Life prior to AF1 2 Formation of AF1 3 AFL bankruptcy auction 4 Name change from AF1 to AFL 5 References 6 External linksLife prior to AF1Kurz attended college and played football at the University of Oklahoma to earn his undergraduate degree. He also served as a Green Beret, serving his country admirably. He then went to Northern Illinois University to earn his Juris Doctor Degree. He and his wife Kathryn, both being licensed attorneys, operated their own law firm for 20 years together. Together the two have a son named Matthew Hall Kurz, who was a walk-on to the Indiana University football team from 2005-2010.Kurz has worked with arena football for 28 years. He is the second-longest tenured employee of Arena football, only losing out to the creator of arena football, Jim Foster. As president of AF2, he helped the league expand in many small-to-mid-sized markets. This helped bring the Arena Football League back in 2010 after the 2009 season was canceled due to financial problems. Kurz has also worked as the league's Vice President of International Development. His main responsibility in this position was to carry out the H3 Visa Program. This allowed international players to play in the Arena Football League. Not only that, he was in charge of all internationally played Arena Football games, meaning that he had to arrange and execute all of them. Formation of AF1With the original Arena Football League folding after the 2008 postseason, after the 2009 af2 season Kurz and several Af2 ownership groups got together to figure out a plan for the following year. In September 2009, Kurz announced that there would be a new league forming that would be a single entity model, called "Arena Football 1" or simply, "AF1". He stated that several former AFL teams and current Af2 teams were in negotiations with the new league. Before long, several teams had joined the league from both the former AFL and the current Af2.Jerry Kurz is a member of the Arena Football Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the and the American Football Association's Hall of Fame and the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. AFL bankruptcy auctionIn December 2009, the original AFL had gone into bankruptcy court for their previous claim of chapter 7 bankruptcy. The AF1 team owners had bought all assets of the former AFL for $6.1 million, this was to include all logos, trophies, field turf, dasher boards, and team names. Name change from AF1 to AFLKurz announced at the end of 2009 that the AF1 would use the AFL name to re-brand the product. It was then discovered that the AF1 name was used as a business group to acquire all assets to once again, use the AFL name and assets legally.With lack of small market teams committing to the af2 for the 2010 season, the league ceased operations, with possibility of restarting in 2013.
St Bride's Church, Glasgow and Jerry KurzSt. Bride's Episcopal Church is situated in the Hyndland area of the West End of Glasgow, Scotland.Contents 1 History 1.1 Hyndland Road 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksHistoryIn the late nineteenth century, a number of temporary church buildings were erected in the new suburbs developing around the West End of Glasgow. St. Bride's began its life as one of these. In 1891, a group of local businessman put forward a proposal to erect a church in the Kelvinside area, on land provided at Beaconsfield Road by the owner of the Kelvinside estate, J.B. Fleming, one of the group. Members of the group included James Parker Smith, Liberal Unionist MP for Partick and owner of the Jordanhill estate; Francis Newbery, director of the Glasgow School of Art; William Kennedy of Hugh Kennedy and Sons, railway and public work contractors; and R. W. Shanks, a Partick fishmonger. Fleming became one of the trustees of the new church, along with Robert Young Pickering, managing director of railway carriage-builders R Y Pickering & Co Ltd. The church building itself was a small wooden chapel the group had acquired from the grounds of Douglas Castle, family seat of the Earls of Home, and sat 114 people. It was dedicated to St. Bride of Kildare, patron saint of the Douglas family.From 1891 to 1893, the church in Beaconsfield Road was served by curates from nearby St Mary's Cathedral on Great Western Road. In 1893, Pickering and Fleming provided funds of £250 a year for the church to have its own priest-in-charge until the end of 1897, and the Revd Theodore Younghughes was subsequently appointed. Hyndland RoadDue to a subsequent falling-out with Fleming, who owned the land on which the church stood, it became necessary for the congregation to move. In 1899, a site on the Hyndland estate at Hanover Terrace (now Kingsborough Gardens) and Hyndland Road was selected, and the church building transported there. The spire was temporarily removed from the building to prevent damage to telephone wires, and a timber frame slid under the building, while soaped wooden runners were placed in front of it leading to the road. The frame carrying the church was then dragged by a traction engine over the runners and into the road. Wheels were attached to the frame allowing it to be pulled the half mile route to its new home in just one hour. The church was open for business the next morning: a Sunday. St. Bride's from Old Station ParkIn 1899, having established a permanent location, St. Bride's was promoted to being an incumbency, entitling it to have a Rector, to which post Theodore Younghughes was appointed. A permanent church building was required, and the noted ecclesiastical architect, George Frederick Bodley, was commissioned to draw up plans. His recent work had included St Salvador’s Church in Dundee, the Chapel at Queens' College, Cambridge, and St. Mary's Church in Eccleston, Cheshire, which bears a strong resemblance to St. Bride's. Through the generous aid of a wealthy benefactress, Sarah Mackie, husband of James Logan Mackie of Mackie and Co., creator of White Horse whiskey, progress on the building was swift; the foundation stone of the chancel was laid on 9 May 1903, and the chancel dedicated upon its completion on 30 April 1904; the foundation stone of the nave was then laid on 5 May 1906, with dedication on 25 May 1907. However, Mrs Mackie suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after, and work on the building ceased. In 1910, the Revd Mr Younghughes resigned as rector, and Revd Edward Reid was appointed in his place.The Revd Mr Reid was the son of the late James Reid, partner in Neilson, Reid and Co., and came from a wealthy family. He and his brothers were great philanthropists, and Edward's particular interest lay in churches. He guaranteed the debts of St. Bride's of £2,390, however inspections of the church building revealed shoddy workmanship on the nave, which had to be torn down. The Reid Brothers then provided the funds for the building of the church in memory of their sister, Elizabeth, who had died in 1912. The work was completed between 1913–1914, and the new building consecrated on 1 February 1915. It is a Category B listed building See also Scottish Episcopal Church St. Mary's Cathedral (Episcopalian)Other churches nearby: St. John's Renfield Church (Church of Scotland) Jordanhill Parish Church (Church of Scotland) Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church (Church of Scotland) St. Luke's Cathedral (Greek Orthodox) Wellington Church (Church of Scotland)