|Born||August 19, 1908|
|Died||July 20, 2003 (aged 94)|
|Cause of death|| Severe skull fracture
|Resting place||Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York|
|Home town||Malverne Park Oaks, New York|
|Family:||Janna Apple (great granddaughter)|
Alex Apple (born August 19, 1908, died July 20, 2003) was a American businessman, former television salesman, and former rum runner who was known for spear-heading Apple Entertainment, Inc. from 1935 to 2003.
Alex was born in 1908 to Mark Apple and Emily Wilson in New York City at Bellevue Hospital. His maternal grandfather was Erasmus Wilson, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Dispatch who wrote an aggressively misogynistic column entitled "What Girls Are Good For" which helped launch the career of Nellie Bly, and his maternal grandmother was Colleen Apple, a Scottish farmer.
Alex was a rum runner during the prohibition era, and later moved to Syracuse, and founded a newspaper sales company called "Apple Newspaper Sales, Inc.", which evolved into a TV sales company called "Apple TV Sales, Inc.", which later evolved into Apple Entertainment.
Alex attended Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. The bowl stadium of the high school inspired Alex Apple to team up with Tacoma Public Schools to build a Stadium Bowl II, at Apple's Lake of Dreams in Apple Canyon Lake, Illinois. Unlike it's sister stadium in Tacoma, Stadium Bowl II acts a multipurpose stadium and was recently fitted with a 362-foot-long video scoreboard to supplement the primitive, 1990's-era scoreboard.
In the 1980's, he began work as a concert promoter, under the Stardust Concerts brand, he often held concerts with the brand in the Northeastern United States and several other countries. Often, he'd use the Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Connecticut, The Egg in Albany, New York, and various elementary, middle, and high school auditoriums as venues for many famous music artists from various different kinds of genres.
In 1987, the headquarters were moved to Silver Springs, Maryland. The headquarters cost $67 million to build, and construction was funded by investors from Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, the Soviet Union, the United States, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cuba, and Canada.
On July 20, 2003, Alex climbed up onto the roof of his mansion in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland to adjust the Directway dish in one of the faux-lighthouses on the roof of it (this was done to prevent outages in rain). It was a procedure he carried out on a regular basis, as stated by Jake Sanford in an interview. In his attempt to improve reception, he slipped from the roof and fell through his private room containing unopened bottles of smuggled alcoholic beverages he had smuggled during the prohibition era. The 94-year-old businessman suffered a severe skull fracture and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Alex is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. His mansion has since been converted into a Sheetz convenience store, with the upper level containing offices for Apple Entertainment.