|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1946|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2012|
Twin Cities radio personality Dark Star, whose real name was George Chapple, was found dead at his home in Minnetonka Friday. He was 66.
He worked at WCCO-AM for 25 years before accepting a buyout offer in 2010. He had been working recently with KFAN Sports Radio.
Dark Star is the name of the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner. In a 1993 profile, Chapple said he took the horse's name as a pseudonym while moonlighting as a handicapper for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and working for a very conservative brokerage house.
He made his mark on the Twin Cities sports scene in 1985 when he called in a prediction of Vikings coach Bud Grant's resignation to Patrick Reusse and Joe Soucheray on their KSTP-AM radio show, "Monday Night Sports Talk."
When the prediction proved credible, Reusse and Soucheray started touting Dark Star -- and they helped him get on the payroll at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a handicapper, according to the profile.
He did horse-racing updates for WCCO, then later began doing his "Night Talk" show overnight.
According to WCCO, he grew up in Ohio and Long Island, N.Y. He was a Vietnam veteran, and originally came to the Twin Cities with his parents in 1979. He hosted "The Sports Show" on the CW starting in 1995.
As published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Record added: Jun 01, 2012
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Rest in peace Dark.|
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