This is 12th Man territory, so most local Super Bowl viewers Sunday were rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.
Despite the regional loyalties, there is one significant local link to the Denver Broncos. Their previous owner was a Vancouver native, and his birth was front-page news in The Columbian — right next to a story about American submarines sinking enemy ships.
He didn't live here long, but a lot of local history is wrapped up in the years when Edgar Kaiser Jr. and his parents lived in Vancouver.
They were part of the industrial empire that transformed Vancouver during its World War II shipyard boom.
Henry J. Kaiser put his son Edgar in charge of three shipyards in Portland and Vancouver. His family lived in a neighborhood east of Washington School for the Deaf, not too far from the Vancouver shipyard.
In 1942, Edgar Kaiser was recognized as Clark County's First Citizen. That also was the year Edgar Jr. was born. The Columbian tied its Page 1 coverage of his July 5 birth with the July 4 launching of the Liberty ship SS George Vancouver — the first WWII ship built here.
Happy launch day
"Another Kaiser 'launching' took place Sunday … In this case, it was Edgar Kaiser Jr. launching his life as newly born son of the Vancouver-Portland shipyard executive," The Columbian reported on July 6, 1942.
After his death in 2012, Edgar Kaiser Jr. was remembered as a financier and philanthropist and former NFL owner.
Kaiser bought the Broncos in 1981. Before selling the team to Pat Bowlen in 1984, Kaiser engineered the acquisition of quarterback John Elway.
Elway led Denver to two Super Bowl wins and now is the executive in charge of football operations -- the guy who rebuilt the Broncos into Seattle's Super Bowl opponent.
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