Wim Thoelke Tochter: German showmaster Wim Thoelke (born May 9, 1927 in Mülheim a der Ruhr as Georg Heinrich Wilhelm Thölke; died November 26, 1995 in Niedernhausen) hosted the quiz show Der Große Preis and was a regular on the German television network ZDF.
Wum and Wendelin, designed just for this show by Loriot, were added to the catchphrase “Wim, Wum, and Wendelin.”
While attending Mercator-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf, Wim Thoelke earned an Abitur and was accepted into the University of Cologne’s law school.
For his legal clerkship in 1951, he began writing on the topic of “Legal and copyright issues in television” instead. Thoelke then spent seven years as the Dortmund-based managing director of the German Handball Federation.
When the referees’ meeting in Karlsruhe, in 1953, was taking place, he used his tape recorder to dictate the minutes. For his SDR station, the sports director asked him to write a report.
His 10-minute report was aired nonstop by all broadcasters the following day because no football games were held due to inclement weather. WDR called for a response to the Dortmund Westfalenhalle indoor championship a month later.
Because of the absence of a reporter and the fact that the reporter’s own reporter had not obtained his visa in time, NDR requested a contribution for an international match in Prague.
Thoelke relocated to Stuttgart in 1959 and worked as a client’s asset manager. He has also worked as a freelance journalist for the SDR, and now for television as well. At Bavaria Fluggesellschaft, he was promoted to commercial director.
Wim Thoelke, born on May 9, 1927, in Mülheim a der Ruhr, Germany, was a student at the University of Cologne where he majored in law. After high school, Thoelke selected a commercial apprenticeship in mining rather than a legal clerkship because he was already interested in television: Instead of a dissertation on “Legal, notably copyright concerns in television,” he authored one. An exuberant hobby pilot dropped out of school just before the exam, causing him to miss the exam.
German Handball Federation managing director and Bavaria Fluggesellschaft commercial director Thoelke in Munich. He became a freelancer for television in 1963 and began hosting the “current sports studio” and the “heute” news.
Even as far back as the 1950s, Thoelke was making his living by meeting with couturiers in Paris. He shifted his focus to trade fairs and negotiations as he became more aware of the importance of these events. His utility model for stretch waistband trousers was even filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a result, no profit could be realised for the manufacturer.
Vehicles played an important part as well. In the 1960s, he purchased a DM 16,000 sports vehicle from the small English racing car manufacturer Ginetta with a sleek plastic body and fitted it with a performance-enhanced Mantzel DKW engine.
After reading about this vehicle in the Stern, a slew of people reached out to inquire further. Due to a lack of resources and the failure of the vehicle to finish the 1000 km race at the Nürburgring in time, the project was eventually shelved.
When Mitsubishi vehicles first came on German soil in the 1970s, Thoelke realised the potential and opened a branch in Frankfurt am Main.