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Bob Lind, Published January 31 2011

Lind: Mailbag’s mind on Manny

It’s mailbag time, with your responses to recent Neighbors items.

The story: Manny Marget, the KVOX sports announcer, who broadcast Fargo-Moorhead Twins baseball away games by reading about the game from a Teletype.

Feedback: Dale Haaland, formerly of Fargo and now of Byron, Minn., writes of “attending the Red River Valley Fair when the fairgrounds and the stadium for the Twins were located in the area where Fargo North High School is now located.

“I still clearly remember being fascinated watching and hearing Manny broadcasting a baseball game at the KVOX booth at the fair, reading from the Teletype machine.

“Manny was just as animated and described the action just as if he were watching the action on the field in person.”

Lloyd Pladson, Moorhead, says that Manny also had a room in the F-M Hotel, Moorhead, from which he’d also broadcast the away games.

Lloyd says Manny would report that the batter hit the ball deep and that the center fielder “is going back … back … back … and he catches it!” Maybe it didn’t really happen quite that way, but Manny made it exciting.

“He was a quiet guy,” Lloyd says, until he got behind the mic at home games when, Lloyd says, he’d get onto the umpires, while on the air, yelling, “Why don’t you get your glasses cleaned?”

“But he really was a nice man,” Lloyd says.

Lloyd and his wife, Earlyce, also remember the “Breakfast with the Margets” radio program on which the Marget family would discuss articles appearing in that morning’s Forum.

Jim Hetland, Pelican Rapids, Minn., remembers being in the studio watching Manny report the games thanks to that Associated Press wire machine.

“He was a good friend, and I remember him well,” Jim writes.

Jim, a former engineer for WDAY, recalls that Manny’s son Lou did some work for WDAY as a copywriter and maybe some announcing.

Manuel “Manny” Marget was born in 1896 in Boston to Russia-born parents.

He was a salesman for a leather company out of Boston from 1919 to 1924; worked in a St. Louis hotel from 1924 to 1929; was assistant manager of the Herbst store in Fargo in 1930; became WDAY program director in 1931-1932; was manager of KGFK, Moorhead, from 1933 to 1935; was program director for KXBY, Kansas City, Mo., from 1935 to 1936; and then became manager of KVOX, Moorhead, in 1937. He died in 1979.

West Fargo business

The story: A column telling of West Fargo’s former businesses, including the store owned by Johnny Lehman.

Feedback: Maurice Brandt, Fargo, says the store went by its initials: J.L.S.O.S., standing for Johnny Lehman’s Surplus Outlet Store.

Maurice says Johnny was known far and wide as the “The Jacket King of North Dakota.”

Neighbors will unload more mailbag contents down the road.


If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com