PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (KTRK) — Dinn Mann will tell you that his home away from Philadelphia is more than just a roof over his family’s heads.
Judge Roy Hofheinz, who led the prosecution in bringing Major League Baseball and the Astrodome to Houston, died in 1982, but his legacy is alive and well thanks to Mann, his grandson.
“Our house is a large-scale museum for my grandfather. You don’t notice at the time what you soak up like a sponge in this present,” explained Mann, while talking about spending weekends with Hofheinz frequently. “Everything from his sense of humor to his vision to his understanding of history.”
One of the marks Hofheinz left on Houston’s history might be what Mann is most proud of – the Astrodome. The Astrodome was fully integrated when it opened its doors in 1965.
“It represents that magnet for people from all walks of life,” Mann said of the Dome’s legacy.
Mann is acutely aware of his grandfather’s role in Houston history, but Mann always considered him just a beloved family member.
“They would point to him when we went to restaurants (and say, ‘This is Judge Hofheinz. That’s Richter Hofheinz, and I said, ‘OK, that’s my grandfather,'” Mann said. “He was human to me in a way he wasn’t to other people.”
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