moved to Stamford around 1908 and began to work as general contractors, supervising construction projects. Around 1920, after serving in WWI, Frank D. Rich, Sr. started the F.D. Rich Company. The company’s first major building was the Sacred Heart Church on Schuyler Avenue. Later, F.D. Rich Company built many important structures in Stamford including Landmark Square Tower, the Stamford Marriott, Stamford Town Center, and St. John’s Towers.
(The Rich Forum is named for the Rich family)
General David Waterbury
supervised construction for the Navy near Fort Ticonderoga in New York and was second in command to General Benedict Arnold at the battle of Valcour Bay during the Revolutionary War. Mr. Waterbury was also involved in building Fort Stamford.
(The city of Waterbury, CT)
was a professional baseball player who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he became the first African-American player in the Major leagues. He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. For years, Jackie Robinson and his family lived in Stamford on Cascade Road.
(Jackie Robinson Park)
William F. Buckley, Jr.
was a famous political commentator and author. He is best known as a leader of the Conservative movement in America and as the publisher of National Review, a magazine he started in 1955. He was also the host of a TV political show called Firing Line from 1966 to 1999. Mr. Buckley lived in New York and Stamford, and he died in Stamford in 2008.
played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants in the 1950s and 1960s. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Robustelli was born in Stamford and went to Stamford High School.
(Robustelli Travel Agency was in downtown Stamford for many years)
played Major League baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the manager of the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets. He attended Stamford’s Rippowam High School. In 1980 he opened Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café in Stamford.
(Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café and Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy)
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner was an actress and comedian best known for her characters on the TV show Saturday Night Live. She lived in Stamford with her husband Gene Wilder until her death in 1989. Gene Wilder, who starred in many films including the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory continued to live in Stamford after his wife’s death.