As a pimple-faced kid, Dick's Sporting Goods founder Dick Stack went to his boss at the Army Surplus Store with an idea. He wanted the store to start selling fishing supplies. Dicks boss scoffed and called him dumb. He promptly quit, got a $300 loan from his Grandma and opened a bait-and-tackle shop. Now, nearly 70 years later, Dicks Sporting Goods operates over 500 stores all over the country, selling the biggest brands in the sports game at a reasonable price.
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