Oct. 22, 2016 will go down as a momentous day in American media and sports history. AT&T agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion and, if all is approved, expects the deal to close by the end of 2017, while the Chicago Cubs won their first National League pennant since 1945.
For long-suffering Cubs fans, the key year dates back further, to the last time their team won a World Series in 1908. To put that milestone in Time Warner terms, we turn to an interesting compilation of the company’s genealogy:
Harry Warner, who operated a circuit of nickelodeons with his brothers in western Pennsylvania, began to buy films for his Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement Supply Company in April 1907. They were forced to sell the business in 1910 because Thomas Edison, the inventor of numerous technical aspects of film production, held many patents through which he tried to control the burgeoning film industry.
The Warners temporarily turned to movie making. Warner and his brother Sam went to St. Louis to make a film, The Perils of the Plains, which was of poor quality and did not do well at the box office. After Edison’s trust was legally broken, the Warners returned to distribution temporarily and then, in 1912, tried to get production started again.
A century later, U.S. anti-trust issues may wind up scuttling the AT&T deal. The Cubs were back in the World Series in 1910, losing in five games to the Philadelphia Athletics. And with regards to the aforementioned Western The Perils of the Plains, starring Chicago native Dot Farley, it was shot in less time than it will take to decide the next World Series champ: three days.