Gloria and Red Klotz started the Washington Generals basketball team — the perennial losers to the Harlem Globetrotters in highly skilled, comic exhibition games.

That was back in 1952, before the NBA became successful. The Globetrotters and Generals played before NBA games in places such as Madison Square Garden, to bring in more paying fans, Red said.

“In the early years, basketball wasn’t making any money. We helped them stay alive,” said Red, 91, of Margate. He and Gloria, 89, will celebrate their 70th anniversary Tuesday.

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To keep the Generals going in tough times, Gloria ran a bar and liquor store in Atlantic City, while also raising their six children. Red drove team members around the country in “The Green Hornet,” a long DeSoto into which he fit eight players.

Later, Gloria joined Red on the road, and became the team timekeeper. The DeSoto gave way to comfortable buses.

Now the three teams that make up the Generals are run by their daughter Jodi and her husband John Ferrari, of Linwood. Red and Gloria enjoy retirement in their beachfront home, which is appropriate since they met on the beach as teenagers.

Red, a star player at Villanova University who played professionally with the Philadelphia Sphas and Baltimore Bullets, is proud of his former players. Some are now priests, military chaplains, judges and coaches.

“Our players call us all the time,” Gloria said. “It’s this big family.”

“We took them around the world, even behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. We played for the Shah of Iran and his queen,” Red said. “I never dreamed we’d go around the world so many times.”

ACCC culinary dean honored

Chef Patricia “Kelly” McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, was recently named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey.

McClay, of Mays Landing, as been with the academy since 1994. She worked in Washington, D.C., before returning to her native Atlantic City in 1981, where she worked in the kitchens of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Marriott’s Seaview Country Club and the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino before becoming executive sous chef at Resorts International.

Fogel up for Explorers post

Capt. Joel S. Fogel, 67, of Somers Point, has been nominated to run for the Board of Directors of the National Headquarters of the Explorers Club in New York City. He has served as the chapter chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter. The Explorers Club is a scientific organization based in Manhattan with chapters worldwide and more than 3,000 members.

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