Just how how flying were Kansas City’s High Flying Leiweke Brothers?
As high as it got back in the heady days of the early 1980s here in the Cowtown. Baby Boomers were mostly in their 20s and 30s back then and were beginning to flex their muscles. And nobody flexed them better or was better known than Tracey, Tim and Tod Leiweke.
“They were the Golden Boys, the Kennedy’s of Kansas City,” says former event coordinator Marti Dolinar. “Tracy was being encouraged to run for Mayor. Tracy was married. Tim was banging all the good (TV anchor and deejay) cooch…Tod dated around but wound up marrying some newsie at Channel 62 – Tara can’t remember the last name. They’re still married. Timmy is on marriage number two or three.”
Until the financial disaster that was Walk Thru Rock took down their company, the Leiwekes could do no wrong in the public’s eyes. And most locals never really knew why the brothers left Kansas City so suddenly and unexpectedly given that their financial demise went largely unreported.
“They had a lot of great ideas but not everything panned out,” says former Capital Automated Tickets exec Mardi Silva. “They were young, good looking and charming and then they left town.”
Like Tim’s failed effort to build a new stadium and land an NFL team for Los Angeles, not every bright idea fostered by the Leiwekes turned to gold.
Take this Leiweke pipe dream…
“They wanted to put a deal together to build a Disneyland here,” Silva says. “They were always coming up with some wild ass stuff. They tried to bring Disney to Loose Park – they had Disney fly in and look around but they needed the city to give them part of the park, but the city wouldn’t do it.”